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Indianapolis – A regional jet blew a tire during takeoff at Indianapolis airport and had to make an emergency landing early in the evening of 10 July, reports WCNC.
The US Airways CRJ 900 jet was on Flight 2685 from Indianapolis to Charlotte operated by Mesa Airlines, before 5 pm.
Protocol was followed and takeoff continued after the flight crew heard noise from the main landing gear, officials with US Airways are reported to have said.
The plane climbed to a safe altitude and burned off fuel to reduce landing weight. The plane landed safely and was taxied away from the terminal.
Officials said 78 passengers and three crew members were on board, and all passengers were loaded onto buses and taken to the terminal.
One passenger said it felt exactly like when a car has a flat tire.
The plane was then towed to a maintenance facility.
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