Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Delays and cancellations at Gatwick as plane bursts tyre on take-off



Gatwick Airport closed its main runway for several hours on Monday after an Air Canada aircraft burst a tyre on take-off.


Flights used Gatwick's back-up runway after the incident and the airport warned of delays and cancellations, while some flights were re-routed to alternative airports, including Stansted.


At 7.25pm, Gatwick updated its information to say its runway was open, but there would be delays and cancellations for the rest of the evening,


Passengers were advised to check with their airline for the latest flight information.


In an earlier update, at around 3.30pm, Gatwick said: "We apologise as flights for the rest of the day will experience delay and there will be some cancellations. Passengers are advised to speak to their airline for the latest flight information."





The Boeing 767 plane reportedly hit debris on the runway and still managed to take off, but had to dump fuel and head back towards the airport for an emergency landing.


Flights were halted for an hour while inspections were carried out on the runway.


Gatwick issued an earlier statement saying: "An Air Canada Rouge flight to Toronto has returned to Gatwick after experiencing a burst tyre on take-off.


"Following this Gatwick's runway has been closed since 2.12pm to allow for a runway inspection.


"The current runway closure follows an earlier closure between 1.16pm and 1.45pm when the runway was closed for an inspection after this aircraft departed.


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


 

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