Plane tire bursts on takeoff from London's Gatwick Airport

Plane tire bursts on takeoff from London's Gatwick Airport

2 photos

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

LONDON (AP) — A flight from London to Toronto carrying 282 passengers has been forced to turn back after one of its tires burst as it took off.

The Boeing 767 Air Canada Rouge flight landed safely back at London's Gatwick Airport an hour after it left Monday lunchtime. Emergency services were standing by.

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. Flights used Gatwick's back-up runway but delays and cancellations were reported.

The airline said it was working to get the passengers on their way as quickly as possible.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



The Associated Press


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast