Airport drama as a jet plane’s tyre burst in take-off

AN Air Canada jet completed a successful emergency landing at Madrid airport on Monday night after a landing-gear tyre burst and was sucked into its engine during take-off.

The Boeing 767, bound for Toronto, landed at 7.15pm after circling above the Spanish city for a harrowing three hours to burn off as much fuel as possible.

There were no immediate reports of any casualties, despite dozens of ambulances and fire engines dashing to Madrid’s Barajas Airport after the plane took off at 3pm.

Before landing, passengers had tweeted photos, showing flames bursting from the plane’s engine, as well as a Spanish F-18 fighter jet escorting it over the airport.

It was initially thought that the plane would land around 6pm, it actually landed at 7.15pm.

Earlier, the pilot had called for calm, as hospitals in the area were put on high alert.

An AENA spokeswoman said the airline had requested a slot for an emergency landing, some 30 minutes after take-off. Spain’s main union of pilot workers, SEPLA, said in a tweet that the plane had lost some pieces of its landing gear while it took off.

The calm pilot told passengers, in a message made public: “We are currently heading towards Barajas Airport, and we are going to return to Madrid to land, because, as you know, we had a little problem with one of the plane’s wheels when we took off.

“Therefore, as we are carrying a lot of fuel, we have to get rid of some, to be able to land. We will land in a few more minutes.”

He added: “When we are ready to land, we will let you know. We thank you for your co-operation and patience, and we would ask you to stay calm.”

Enaire’s air-navigation control manager confirmed: “A flight with a technical problem is circling Madrid before returning to Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas airport.”

And a spokesman for the regional government-run emergency services co-ordinator added: “We have sent various, emergency response resources to the airport because of the problems.”

The airport operator added: “The airport is on stand-by to receive flight Air Canada flight AK837, which was bound for Toronto.”

Madrid residents posted online videos, showing a plane flying unusually low over the Spanish capital’s centre and suburbs.

The airport was closed for more than an hour, earlier on Monday, and 26 flights were diverted elsewhere.

Enaire had earlier reported delays in flights, because of the annoying presence of drones in the area.

Two pilots said they had spotted some drones near the airport, which lies just east of the city centre.

Immediately, the airport activated a special procedure to halt landings and take-offs, and also diverted flights to other airports.


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