A passenger checks the information of flight departures at Beijing's international airport, China Monday, April 19, 2010. Several thousand air passengers were stranded in Asia for days as flights were grounded because of a massive cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano that paralyzed European airports. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Newark, New Jersey -

An India-bound flight out of New Jersey was forced to return to the airport because of an engine fire sparked by a bird strike.

A spokeswoman for the agency that operates Newark Liberty International Airport says no one on board Air India Flight 144 was injured.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokeswoman Erica Dumas says the flight departed for Mumbai with 313 passengers at 4.35pm on Sunday. A short time later, the pilot reported a fire in an engine on the plane's left side, and the engine soon shut down.

The plane landed safely at 5.05pm, and the passengers were taken off the plane without incident.

Dumas said crews tried to tow the plane away, but were unable to because it had “multiple” blown tyres. - Sapa-AP