United flight evacuated at Dulles for engine problem

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 14, 2011 2:08 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A United Airlines flight departing Dulles airport for San Francisco on Wednesday reported engine trouble and evacuated passengers using the plane's chutes, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said.

United flight 586 had just left the gate area at the airport outside Washington and was on the taxiway when the pilot reported an engine problem.

"The pilot evacuated the plane, deployed the chutes, and passengers left the aircraft, and have been taken back to one our concourses," Tara Hamilton, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said.

She said there was no terrorism threat involved.

There were reports of three injuries, two of them refused treatment and one person was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, she said.

(Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria)