Continental plane blows tire on takeoff, lands safely - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Continental plane blows tire on takeoff, lands safely

Both tires on one of the landing gear were blown in the incident. Both tires on one of the landing gear were blown in the incident.
A close-up picture shows the damage done to the plane's landing gear. A close-up picture shows the damage done to the plane's landing gear.
Officials inspect the plane's landing gear after Tuesday's incident. Officials inspect the plane's landing gear after Tuesday's incident.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Continental Express plane blew a tire upon takeoff Tuesday but landed safely after circling the airport for about two hours. No one was injured, officials said.

The plane tried to land once at Bush Intercontinental Airport but was waved off so officials could assess the damage and the plane could burn fuel, said Continental Express spokeswoman Kristy Nicholas.

Continental spokeswoman Sarah Anthony said the Minneapolis-bound plane carried 45 passengers and a crew of three.

The passengers were taken by buses to the terminal about 30 minutes after the landing.

The irport got the call about the tire about 4:25 p.m., said spokesman Richard Fernandez. Other airport operations continued normally.

The jet was an Embraer 145, the same kind of plane that veered off a runway in Chicago on Tuesday.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Click here to see a close-up #1 of the landing gear after Tuesday's incident.

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