U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was forced to slide down an emergency chute to evacuate an airplane at Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, a court spokesman told The Associated Press.
Ginsburg was on her way from Washington to San Francisco, according to Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe Estrada. Ginsburg was not among the three people who suffered injuries -- Dulles spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs said two people refused treatment to the hospital, with one accepting treatment for minor injuries.
Gibbs told The AP that a pilot noticed a problem with the engine on United Airlines Flight 586, who then proceeded to order everyone off of the plane. In total, 179 passengers and six crew members were evacuated. According to The Washington Post, the plane had not yet reached the runway.
Not much detail has become available concerning the incident.
We are investigating the situation, United Airlines Spokesman Mike Trevino told The Washington Post. I don't have confirmation that it was an engine problem, but it was not anything inside the cabin.
Jodi Gersh, director of social Media for Gannett, described the situation via Twitter.
My plane just had an emergency evacuation-down the slides. I am shaking. I don't know why. People were screaming.
Attendants opened rear door to see where smoke was coming from. They then started very loudly yelling 'everyone get out.' Very scary.
Ginsburg, often known as the most liberal voice on the Supreme Court, is the longest actively serving woman on the Supreme Court. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
The associate justice was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009, and she underwent surgery and chemotherapy that year. However, she has still maintained an active traveling schedule.
Ginsburg will not comment on the evacuation, Estrada said.