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Plane's tyres blow up moment aircraft touches down on runway

Metro logo Metro 7/21/2022 Zachary Folk
A Delta flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles blew out two tires while landing (Pictures: Twitter/@meeradeo/@LDubepigenetics) © Provided by Metro A Delta flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles blew out two tires while landing (Pictures: Twitter/@meeradeo/@LDubepigenetics)

A passenger has described the terrifying moment that the tyres on his plane as it landed.

The Delta flight from Hartsfield-Jackson International to LA touched down shortly after 1pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Sara Margarett gave an account on Twitter saying: ‘ATl to LAX everything is cool once we finally get in the air after being delayed an hour. OR SO WE THOUGHT.

‘We start our short final onto the runway. We touchdown (maybe a little fast) when all of a sudden POW BAM right landing gear fumbles the bag and we pop 2 tires on the right.

‘Everyone freaks out and we skidded to a stop somewhere between hell and a runway.’

The passengers were initially held on the plane for an hour while ground and fire crews inspected the damage before being loaded onto buses to take them to the airport.

Thankfully nobody was injured, but two runways were closed for several hours as a result.

The incident comes while major airlines are struggling to keep up with increased air travel after pandemic lockdowns. Staffing shortages have caused a major increase in flight delays and cancellations across the globe.

On July 11, nearly 10,000 passengers were stranded at London’s Heathrow Airport after 61 flights were cancelled in one evening.

Landing issues have also plagued other airlines recently. A Spirit Airlines flight in July from Tampa to Atlanta caught fire after landing after one of its breaks overheated.

First responders at the airport quickly extinguished the blaze and nobody was injured, the airport said.

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