Jet lands after blowing tire

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) -- A medical jet landed safely at Juneau International Airport on Monday despite a flat tire.

Capt. Ed Quinto of Capital City Fire Rescue said firefighters turned out at the airport at 9:30 a.m. in response to an aircraft with mechanical problems.

They were told that a Gulfstream Lear Jet used for transporting medical patients was coming in for a landing with one of the two left rear tires deflated.

The fire had been damaged during takeoff from Sitka.

The jet carried six people, including one patient, and was en route to Anchorage. The jet landed safely.

When the aircraft was on the runway preparing to leave shortly after noon, two more tires were discovered damaged.

Quinto said it was not known how the tires were damaged. The takeoff was aborted and the jet was towed back to a hangar.

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