Plane with blown tire lands safely

July 29, 2008 6:08:07 PM PDT
A Delta Air Lines plane carrying 167 people safely made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday evening, hours after it blew out a tire on takeoff from the Queens airport, authorities said. Flight 141, which was bound for Salt Lake City, circled Kennedy for several hours to burn off fuel, then dumped extra fuel over a nearby body of water before landing, said Alan Hicks, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the airport.

Passengers were taken by bus back to a terminal.

A spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. said there were no injuries. She said maintenance workers would inspect the plane, a Boeing 737-800, and passengers would be rebooked on other flights.

She said she didn't know when the tires were last checked or replaced.

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