Plane tire bursts on takeoff from London's Gatwick Airport

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

FLIGHTS between Jersey and Gatwick were disrupted on Monday after the runway at the London hub was twice closed when a departing plane burst a tyre.

An airline spokesman said: "Air Canada Rouge flight 1925 Gatwick-Toronto, a Boeing 767 with 282 passengers on board, landed safely back at Gatwick".

In an update at about 4.45pm, the airline tweeted: "There are delays and some cancellations due to the earlier incident on the runway".

All inbound and outbound flights have since been halted for more than an hour with inspectons still taking place on the runway. The airport's website showed small delays for some flights.

The airport said it was forced to close the main runway after the takeoff, and for a second time after the plane had returned, to check for debris on the ground.

The runway is now being inspected to make sure any debris is cleared.

And in February, an Air Canada flight made a hard landing at Toronto's Pearson airport.

"We apologise as some flights will be delayed as a result and a few arriving flights are likely to be diverted to other airports".

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