Two Flights Half a World Apart Have Tire Blowouts
Photo of blown United tire courtesy of 7News Denver/Danny Dodge
The end of this week saw two flights, one in Denver, and the other in Delhi, India, that had to take emergency precautions after landing gear tires burst.
As reported by 7News Denver, the flight, operated by Republic Airways for United Express, blew a tire on takeoff from Denver International Airport. Aborting the planned trip to Kansas City, the de Havilland Bombardier Dash 8-400 circled to burn off fuel, then landed safely Saturday morning.
Video taken by passenger Danny Dodge shows passengers bracing for a rough landing, then cheering when the plane came to a full stop.
Passengers deplaned and boarded buses, while the plane was left on the runway, said Laura Coale, Media Relations Director for Denver International Airport.
The runway was closed until the plane could be towed away, but with five others in operation, there were no related delays.
Passengers should be arriving at Kansas City four hours late, at around 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, halfway around the globe and a few days earlier in Delhi, India, an Oman Air 737 experienced a blowout to both left side tires during taxiing after landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport, after a flight from Muscat Oman, according to an EIN Newsdesk report and the airline's Twitter feed.
No injuries were reported among the 143 passengers and six crew, but the return flight to Muscat was delayed for seven hours so repairs could be conducted.
Oman Air said it “regrets the inconvenience” caused to passengers and thanked its crew for their “professionalism, quick thinking and concern for passenger well-being,” in a statement.
Oman Air flight WY 241 from Muscat – Delhi, both left tires burst during taxi. 7hrs is required for investigation and rectification. 1/3— Oman Air (@omanair) March 12, 2015
All passengers were disembarked safely and smoothly using steps and were transferred to the terminal building by buses. 2/3— Oman Air (@omanair) March 12, 2015
The spares and a new set of crew will travel to DEL to bring the aircraft back to base with minimum delay. 3/3— Oman Air (@omanair) March 12, 2015
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