London's Gatwick airport runway briefly closed after Air Canada plane's tyre burst

The plane had to fly in circles over the south coast to burn off fuel ahead of the landing

The plane had to fly in circles over the south coast to burn off fuel ahead of the landing

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

Gatwick Airport has closed its main runway after an Air Canada aircraft burst a tyre on take-off.

Flights were halted for an hour while inspections were carried out on the runway.

"There are some delays for the time being, and we expect we may see some cancellations today. Passengers are advised to speak to their airline for the latest flight information".

A runway inspection was ordered after a Air Canada flight was forced to return to the airport following the incident.

"As per standard operation procedures and as a precautionary measure the crew requested emergency services presence after a tyre blew upon take-off".

Shortly after, officials chose to close the airport's main runway for the rest of the day.

The runway is now being inspected to make sure any debris is cleared.

"We apologise as some flights will be delayed as a result and a few arriving flights are likely to be diverted to other airports".

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