Gatwick runway closed after burst tyre

Fire engines drove out to meet the Boeing 767 after it landed back at the airport this afternoon

Fire engines drove out to meet the Boeing 767 after it landed back at the airport this afternoon

The runway at Britain's London Gatwick airport was briefly closed on Monday after a plane's tyre burst during take off, a spokesman for the airport said.

All flights have been re-routed to the airport's backup runway, setting of delays and cancellations for some travellers.

Several flights were diverted from Gatwick while ground crews removed the plane from the runway and towed it back to the airport. "Passengers are advised to speak to their airline for the latest flight information".

Gatwick Airport said in a statement planes are now using the airport's back-up runway.

"Our flights are now taking place on the back-up runway".

An airline spokesman said: "Air Canada Rouge flight 1925 Gatwick-Toronto, a Boeing 767 with 282 passengers on board, landed safely back at Gatwick".

"The current runway closure follows an earlier closure between 1.16pm and 1.45pm when the runway was closed for an inspection after this aircraft departed".

The runway has been closed since just after 2pm.

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