PLANE RUPTURES A TIRE ON TAKEOFF
By Sam Wood
Inquirer Staff Writer
A tire on a US Airways flight to Miami ruptured on takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport shortly after 1 p.m. Friday. The plane landed about 2:30 after burning fuel to get a better landing weight.
Flight 1651, a Boeing 737-400, had 140 passengers and crew on board. After it landed, Runway 27 Left was closed as passengers were taken to the terminal and rescheduled on other US Airways flights to Miami.
"This sort of thing happens relatively frequently," US Airways spokesman Morgan Durrant said. "The emergency was declared so [the pilot] could get priority handling back into Philadelphia. He decided he'd better put the aircraft back on the ground so it could be fixed."
The plane "landed without incident, and maintenance put a new tire on, and will inspect the aircraft for any residual damage," Durrant said.
Source - Philadelphia Inquirer