- Associated Press - Sunday, July 13, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — Officials say an India-bound flight out of New Jersey was forced to return to the airport because of an engine fire.

A spokeswoman for the agency that operates Newark Liberty International Airport says no one on board Air India Flight 144 was injured.


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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokeswoman Erica Dumas says the flight departed for Mumbai with 313 passengers around 4:35 p.m. Sunday. The pilot reported a fire in an engine on the plane’s left side shortly after takeoff and the engine soon shut down.

The plane landed safely around 5:05 p.m., and the passengers were taken off the plane without incident. Dumas says the plane had “multiple” blown tires.

The fire was initially attributed to a bird strike but Dumas says that information was incorrect.