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Dulles Plane Carrying Justice Ginsburg Evacuated

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United Airlines Flight 586 deployed emergency chutes  and was evacuated on Wednesday after engine problems caused smoke to be detected in the cabin.
United Airlines Flight 586 deployed emergency chutes  and was evacuated on Wednesday after engine problems caused smoke to be detected in the cabin.

A Dulles commercial airliner carrying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was forced to evacuate Wednesday after engine problems caused some smoke in the cabin.

 

Airport spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs says the plane never got off the ground.

"United flight 587 was backing away from the gate when the pilot noticed something was wrong with the engine and decided to evacuate the plane," says Gibbs.

Passengers used the emergency chutes to evacuate the plane, Gibbs says, and there were reports of three minor injuries. One person was transported to the hospital.

 

A tweet from Susannah Fox, a passenger aboard the Boeing 757 aircraft, said, "Plane's electrics not working when we boarded. While taxiing to runway all went dark."

A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court says that Justice Ginsburg, 78, did not suffer any injuries in the incident.

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