Plane with Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg evacuated

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 16:47 EDT
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WASHINGTON — A plane carrying 179 passengers including US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was evacuated Wednesday after an engine problem that led the pilot to deploy emergency chutes, officials said.

Ginsburg, 78, was “fine” after sliding down the chute in the evacuation at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe Estrada.

The Boeing 757 operated by United Airlines had 179 passengers and six crew members on board when the evacuation was ordered at 12:45 pm (1645 GMT), said airline spokesman Mike Trevino.

Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Tara Hamilton said the pilot “reported a problem with the engine, he deployed the chutes,” and that passengers were evacuated by sliding down the chutes.

She said the fire department checked the flight and found “there was no fire.”

The cause of the incident was under review, Trevino said.

Ginsburg, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was on her way to a speaking engagement at the University of California, according to the court spokeswoman.

The justice, who is to undergo chemotherapy, has claimed her health has not prevented her from serving on the high court. Supreme Court justices are appointed for life.

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