US Airways jet blows tire, lands safely in Texas

SAN ANTONIO – Authorities say a US Airways regional jet has landed safely at San Antonio International Airport after blowing a tire during takeoff and circling for an hour to burn off fuel.

There were no reported injuries to any of the 87 people onboard the Wednesday afternoon flight.

U.S. Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder says a nose wheel blew on the Mesa Air express flight to Phoenix 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.

Emergency personnel and equipment rushed to the aircraft after it came to a stop. The plane was then towed to a gate at the terminal and passengers were put on other flights.


Information from: San Antonio Express-News,