Monday, 17 July 2017

Burst tyre on take-off for Air Canada Rouge at Gatwick

Travellers at the UK#s second busiest and the world's busiest single runway airport are facing travel chaos after an Air Canada Rouge aircrafts tyre burst as it left the runway at the start of a transatlantic flight.



Flights are using Gatwick's main taxiway 1 as a back-up or 'emergency' runway after the airport's main runway was closed following the incident involving the Toronto bound jet. 




The plane was leaving Gatwick at 1.16pm on Monday bound for Canada when its tyre suffered a blowout.  The airports managers ordered the runway closed immediately after the plane departed so that could carry out an inspection.  




The aircraft then came back to make and emergency landing after the full scale emergency procedures had been put in place.  This included all the airports fire appliances mobilized and more than a dozen ambulances dispatched to the airport.   The aircraft returned to the airport and landed safely on the runway, where it remained.  

Many flights have been cancelled or diverted and the disruption is likely to last well into the evening.