SAN ANTONIO – A U.S. Airways regional jet blew a tire during takeoff, spent an hour circling the San Antonio airport to burn off fuel, then safely made an emergency landing.
There were no reported injuries to any of the 87 people onboard.
U.S. Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder says a nose wheel blew on the Mesa Air express flight to Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon, and the crew decided to return to San Antonio as a precaution. Mesa Air operates regional flights for U.S. Airways and other large carriers.
Dozens of rescue personnel and emergency equipment rushed to the aircraft after it touched down. The plane was then towed to a gate at the terminal and the passengers were put on other flights, Wunder said.