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Tire blows on WestJet flight at YYC

People generally expect some turbulence when they’re in the air but passengers taking off from Calgary International Airport Wednesday, just before the lunch hour, experienced a bit of a fright and bumpy ride, even before the wheels left the tarmac. Passenger Greg Norris was buckled in, ready to head to New York, when he heard a loud bang and WestJet flight 1680 started shaking hard as it attempted to take off. “We slowed down right away. The pilot handled it really well and we came to a stop on the runway and they came on and said, yep, we’ve blown a tire,” said Norris. The inflight crew updated the passengers, and passed out water as people waited on board the plane on the sunny tarmac.“Everybody was fine, so it wasn’t that traumatic or anything like that, but it was different from a normal takeoff,” said Norris.Outside, technicians replaced the blown tire, the other functioning tire that burned out when the pilot had to come to a sudden stop, and the brakes. The aircraft was taxied back to the terminal so the passengers could be placed on other flights. Another trip to NYC was offered at 3 p.m. the same day. WestJet said all the guests and crew on board were safe. Some passengers are tipping their hats on social media to the pilot’s actions and say things could have been much worse. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tire blows on WestJet flight at YYC by News Staff Posted Jul 16, 2014 2:45 pm MDT read more