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Passengers Evacuate Delta Air Boeing 757 Plane After Tire Blowout Causes Fire

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On a Delta Air Lines aircraft from Richmond to Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon, 190 people had to be evacuated by emergency slides onto the tarmac because a tire burst shortly after landing.

Around five o’clock in the afternoon, Delta Air Flight DL1437 touched down on Runway 9L at Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, but it came to an abrupt stop when the left tire on the main landing gear blew up.

The rupture produced a lot of smoke and a small fire, which led the flight crew to declare an emergency and order the use of the emergency slides to evacuate the 31-year-old Boeing 757. During the evacuation, one passenger suffered a minor injury.

The airport fire services responded to the incident and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

A spokeswoman for Delta praised the pilots’ and flight attendants’ efforts in managing the event in a statement.

“We appreciate the efforts of our flight crew and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, first responders to manage through the safe landing of flight 1437 at our hub this afternoon,” the statement read.

“Initial reports indicate that one of the aircraft’s tires blew upon landing and components of the landing gear were hot. Customers evacuated via emergency slides and are being moved to the terminal via bus.”

“We apologize to each for this experience – nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and crew,” the statement concluded.

The event is being looked into by the FAA.

Photo cover credit: Via Twitter @Fl360aero

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