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United flight aborts takeoff at the Phoenix airport: “Pilot slammed on the brakes,” the passenger says

Phoenix Fire reported no injuries to passengers, airport officials mentioned.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport officials say no one was injured when a United aircraft aborted take-off just a few seconds before departure.

United Flight 1600, which was scheduled to fly from Phoenix to Newark, N. J., pulled off the job on Friday morning after a possible problem with overheated brakes, airport officials confirmed to Fox 10.

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“Phoenix Fire responded, according to the standard procedure. Fire no injuries reported,” a spokesman for Phoenix Sky Harbor, said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “There is no impact on the operation of the airport. Other flights depart and arrive, as usual.”

A passenger aboard the flight, who identifies himself as John Pentecost on Twitter, claims the plane was at “full power to accelerate on the runway.” In a later tweet, he added that the pilot told the passengers they were traveling at 130 km per hour as a warning light, probably signaled the crew to break it down.

“I thought that we would slip off the track. The plane is crooked now… must have blown a tire,” said Pentecost.

Warning light forced us to abort. We were almost the air and the pilot said that we were doing 130mph, when he stood on the brake. I thought that we would slip off the track. The plane is crooked now… must have blown a tire. #UA1600

— John Pentecost (@HeyJohnP) June 29, 2018

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United has since released a statement blaming a “mechanical problem” for the aborted start, but says the airline is working to reaccommodate passengers.

“United flight 1600 from Phoenix to Newark experienced a mechanical problem during take-off. The plane returned to the gate where customers deplaned normally.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and are working hard to get our customers to Newark as soon as possible.”

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