Plane's tyre BURSTS during take-off at London Gatwick airport

Ruben Ruiz
July 17, 2017

An airport spokeswoman said the runway was temporarily closed twice - first when the plane was in the air, and again after it landed - to carry out precautionary safety checks. The main runway is now operational but delays are occurring.

Gatiwkc Airport has ground to a standstill after the Toronto-bound Air Canada flight hit debris on the runway which burst its wheels on take-off at around 1pm.

Passengers then had to wait while staff informed them hotels would be made available.

Flights are now using Gatwick's back-up runway and the airport has warned of delays and some cancellations.

The damaged tyre of the flight can be clearly seen in this photo taken be one of the passengers.

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The runway had reopened, the Gatwick spokesman said.

Twitter has been awash with passengers stuck on flights unable to leave.

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

A flight of Air Canada Rouge, making the link between London and Toronto was forced to make a u-turn to return to land emergency at the airport of London-Gatwick airport after a tyre had burst on take-off of the device.

It has apologised for any inconvenience caused. Passengers should check with their airline before travelling to the airport for information about their specific flight.

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