Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Flight Evacuated

By Sarah Mimms

A United Airlines flight carrying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from Dulles International Airport to San Francisco was delayed this afternoon after the pilot noticed a problem with the aircraft's engine as the flight prepared to take off.


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Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe Estrada said Ginsburg was uninjured. Estrada said that Ginsburg was on her way to San Francisco for an event at Hastings College of Law on Thursday.

"The pilot noticed something wrong with the engines and decided to evacuate the plane," Kimberly Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said. According to Gibbs, the emergency slides were deployed and passengers were evacuated and transported back to the terminal.

Gibbs said one person was taken to the hospital with a minor injury. Two others reported minor injuries but refused to be transported to the hospital.

United Airlines spokesperson Charlie Hobart confirmed that the flight had been delayed and said that the situation was under investigation. He said that passengers are being "re-accommodated" on a later flight.

The flight, United Airlines #586, was scheduled to depart from Dulles International Airport at 12:25 p.m. and land at San Francisco Airport at 6:06 p.m. EST.

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