Plane’s tyre burst ter­ror

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

A PLANE car­ry­ing 76 pas­sen­gers was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing when a tyre burst as it took off.

Peo­ple on board the Flybe flight from Am­s­ter­dam to Manch­ester yes­ter­day said they felt a “big shud­der” as the air­craft’s tyre blew out.

The cap­tain and cabin crew on the Bom­bardier Dash 8 plane ap­peared un­aware of the prob­lem un­til pas­sen­gers spot­ted the shred­ded tyre out of the win­dow and told them.

The plane had to be di­verted to Birm­ing­ham air­port, with some on board sob­bing and hug­ging be­fore land­ing.

Emer­gency ser­vices were wait­ing on the ground but the plane landed safely.

The air­port run­way was closed for half an hour yes­ter­day but re­opened soon af­ter 4pm.

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