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

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By Michael Bartiromo, FOX News

Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport officials say no one was injured when a United aircraft aborted takeoff just seconds before departure.

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

“Phoenix Fire responded, per standard procedure. Fire reported no injuries,” a spokesperson for Phoenix’s Sky Harbor said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “There is no impact to airport operations. Other flights are departing and arriving as usual.”

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

“I thought for sure we’d skid off the runway. Plane sitting lopsided now… must have blown a tire,” wrote Pentecost.

A representative for United Airlines was not immediately available to comment.

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