Air India jet makes emergency landing in New Jersey after engine fire

Air India jet loses an engine and then blows out tires after making an emergency landing in New Jersey

An Air India jet carrying more than 300 passengers made an emergency landing in Newark, N.J., with just one functioning engine after a fire in one of its two engines forced the pilot to abort the flight, an airport spokeswoman said Sunday night.

No injuries were reported.

The Boeing 777-300ER jet had "multiple blown tires" after a "rough landing" at Newark Liberty International Airport, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokeswoman Erica Dumas told the Los Angeles Times.

Flight 144, a direct flight to Mumbai, India, carrying 313 passengers, had just left Newark at 4:36 p.m. when the pilot reported seeing smoke coming out of the left engine, Dumas said.

The pilot guided the jet back to Newark and landed with just one engine, Dumas said.

The incident had initially been blamed on a possible birdstrike.

Dumas said the passengers were taken to a different terminal at the airport after landing and didn't have further information on where they went next.

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