London’s Gatwick airport runway briefly closed after Air Canada plane’s tyre burst

A runway inspection was ordered.

world Updated: Jul 17, 2017 21:17 IST
Reuters, London
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People queue with their luggage for the British Airways check-in desk at Gatwick Airport in southern England, Britain, May 28, 2017. (Reuters File Photo)

The runway at Britain’s London Gatwick airport was briefly closed on Monday after a plane’s tyre burst during take off, a spokesman for the airport said.

A runway inspection was ordered after a Air Canada flight was forced to return to the airport following the incident.

The runway had reopened, the Gatwick spokesman said. The airport’s website showed small delays for some flights.

Gatwick Airport said in a statement planes are currently using the airport’s back-up runway.

“We apologise as flights for the rest of the day will experience delay and there will be some cancellations,” the statement said.

First Published: Jul 17, 2017 21:17 IST