Flights out of Gatwick Airport were briefly put on hold on Monday morning after an Air Canada plane burst a tire on take-off.
Flight RV1925, headed to Toronto, was scheduled to leave Gatwick at 12:50 (BST).
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Gatwick Airport confirmed that a tire had burst, and that the runway would be closed for inspection, delaying other flights.
Further updates to follow pic.twitter.com/7GyQC2740C
— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) July 17, 2017
One passenger tweeted about the incident, commending Air Canada staff for keeping everyone calm during the incident.
— Jake Lever (@jakelever0) July 17, 2017
Rescue crews were sent to the scene to help the passengers off the plane. No injuries have been reported.
— Fiona Nielsen (@glyn_dk) July 17, 2017
In a statement, Air Canada said it was working to provide hotel rooms for the passengers, who will now be departing from Gatwick on Tuesday.
“Air Canada Rouge flight 1925 Gatwick-Toronto a Boeing 767 with 282 passengers on board landed safely back at Gatwick,” the airline’s statement reads.
“As per standard operation procedures and as a precautionary measure the crew requested emergency services presence after a tire blew upon take off. We apologize for the inconvenience and are currently working to provide hotels rooms to our passengers and get then on their way as quickly as possible tomorrow.”
Several flights were diverted from Gatwick while ground crews removed the plane from the runway and towed it back to the airport.
Arrivals and departures were forced to use the back-up runway, causing delays and cancellations.
Not a good day to be flying out of Gatwick pic.twitter.com/BUpnOxoCIN
— Katia Damborsky (@katiadamborsky) July 17, 2017