Gatwick Airport runway closure: Passengers face cancellations, delays and disruption after plane tyre burst
Airline passengers are facing cancellations, delays and disruption after a plane tyre burst as it left the runway on a transatlantic flight.
Flights are using Gatwick's back-up runway after the airport's main strip was closed following an incident involving an Air Canada Rouge flight to Toronto.
The plane was leaving Gatwick at 1.16pm bound for Canada when its tyre suffered a blowout.
It returned to Gatwick just under an hour later, triggering disruption to operations.
A number of flights due to fly out from Belfast International Airport have been delayed.
An airport spokeswoman said the runway was temporarily closed twice - first when the plane was in the air, and again after it landed - to carry out precautionary safety checks.
An airline spokesman said: "Air Canada Rouge flight 1925 Gatwick-Toronto, a Boeing 767 with 282 passengers on board, landed safely back at Gatwick.
"As per standard operation procedures and as a precautionary measure the crew requested emergency services presence after a tyre blew upon take-off.
"We are currently working to get our passengers on their way as quickly as possible."
In the latest update the airport spokeswoman said: "Flights at Gatwick are severely disrupted following an incident involving an Air Canada Rouge flight to Toronto, which returned safely to Gatwick after experiencing a burst tyre on take-off.
"There will be delays and cancellations across the rest of the day and we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause to passengers.
"Passengers should check with their airline before travelling to the airport for information about their specific flight."
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