A United Airlines flight with 173 passengers aboard made a safe landing at 8:05 p.m. eastern time Saturday at Newark Liberty International Airport after having engine trouble on takeoff, FAA officials said.
Flight 96 to Berlin radioed air traffic controllers to report trouble with the Boeing 757's left engine, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown told the Times. She said the plane was operating normally at the time it landed.
The plane blew a tire and pieces of rubber were sucked into the plane's left engine shortly after takeoff, FBI special agent Barbara Woodruff told Newark-based the Star-Ledger.
United Airlines did not respond to a request for comment Saturday.
The plane circled the Newark airport for more than an hour to burn fuel before landing, Brown said. Planes loaded with enough gasoline for an eight- to 10-hour transatlantic flight are too heavy to land immediately after takeoff.