Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"A constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom,” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an Egyptian news organization. REUTERS

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was forced to slide down an emergency chute to evacuate a flight at Washington's Dulles International Airport due to a fire.

The San Francisco-bound flight was set to leave around 1 p.m. EDT when a fire occurred in an engine on the place.

A Supreme Court spokesperson confirmed that Justice Ginsburg was aboard the flight.

Justice Ginsburg was evacuated safely with the other passengers, the spokesman said.

Airport spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs says the United Airlines flight was on the taxiway around 1 p.m. when the pilot noticed a problem with the engine. Gibbs says passengers used emergency chutes to exit, The Associated Press reported.

United spokesman Mike Trevino told the AP that one person was injured, but he didn't have other details. He also said that 179 passengers and six crew members were aboard.

The Washington Airports Authority said that passengers had been evacuated and returned to the terminal.

The pilot noticed something wrong with the engines and decided to evacuate the plane, said Kim Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, told the Washington Post. The emergency chutes were deployed. Then the passengers boarded shuttles and returned to the terminal.