Officials: Jet from Newark airport slides off runway in Maine; multiple injuries reported

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MAINE -

Officials say a pilot and four passengers suffered minor injuries when a United Express regional jet that took off from Newark Liberty International Airport slid off a runway during a northern Maine snowstorm.

According to an official, the pilot aborted the first landing attempt and requested runway lights be turned on due to low visibility before the second attempt Monday around 11:30 a.m.

The 50-seat Embraer 145 came to rest on the east side of Presque Isle Regional Airport's runway with damage to its nose cone and landing gear.

Images from the scene showed the jet in deep snow.

Passenger Rick Daigle says the plane bounced before stopping far from the runway.

The CommutAir-operated flight from Newark had 28 passengers and three crew members.

A city spokeswoman said the injured were treated and released.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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