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Gatwick disruption as plane tyre bursts while leaving runway

Airline passengers are facing disruption after a plane tyre burst as it left the runway on a transatlantic flight.

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Flights are using Gatwick's back-up runway after the airport's main strip was closed following an incident involving an Air Canada Rouge flight to Toronto.

The plane was leaving Gatwick at 1.16pm bound for Canada when its tyre suffered a blowout. It returned to Gatwick just under an hour later.

When the aircraft took off we had to check whether or not it had left some debris, so there was a mandatory inspection of the runway. Our flights are currently taking place on the back-up runway.

There are some delays for the time being, and we expect we may see some cancellations today. We apologise as flights for the rest of the day will experience delays and there will be some cancellations.

Passengers are advised to speak to their airline for the latest flight information.

– Gatwick Airport

Air Canada Rouge flight 1925 Gatwick-Toronto, a Boeing 767 with 282 passengers on board, landed safely back at Gatwick.

As per standard operation procedures and as a precautionary measure the crew requested emergency services presence after a tyre blew upon take-off. We are currently working to get our passengers on their way as quickly as possible.

– Air Canada