"Due to an airport emergency there are now no arrivals nor departures from Newark Airport", the airport tweeted around 8:30 am. Inflatable slides were used to deplane passengers on the runway.
Everyone was evacuated safely, while incoming flights were reportedly diverted to other airports.
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A call to officials at the Port Authority was not immediately returned.
The airport has not indicated what type of emergency it was.
"All I know is that 10 minutes after takeoff we weren't getting much altitude, we were just circling around northern New Jersey and not going anywhere", he said.
"We're waiting now on a rig to show up and tow the damaged plane from the runway", Ladd said.
All passengers were taken to a terminal where alternate arrangements were being made.
The incident caused delays of more than an hour for inbound and outbound flights at Newark, according to tracking firm FlightAware. He said was looking into getting another flight.