Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Chaos hits Gatwick flights after airliner suffers tyre blowout

Chaos hits Gatwick flights after airliner suffers tyre blowout

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

The Air Canada Rouge incident happened around lunchtime and prompted an immediate inspection of the main runway for about half an hour.

In an update at 3.30pm, a Gatwick spokesman said a back-up runway was being used while the main runway remains shut.

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"A tyre of the plane burst during landing, and we had to return to Gatwick, has also written a traveller who was on board on his Twitter account".

There will be delays and cancellations across the rest of the day and we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to passengers.

An Air Canada plane from London to Toronto was forced to turn back on Monday after the explosion of one of its tires on takeoff.

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Gatwick Airport authorities urged all passengers to check with their airlines for more flight information.

"As per standard operation procedures and as a precautionary measure the crew requested emergency services presence after a tyre blew upon take-off".

The airline said it was doing its utmost to allow passengers to get to the destination as quickly as possible.

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