Reprinted from avherald.com. By Simon Hradecky.
A Westjet Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration C-GVWA performing flight WS-1876 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Kahului, HI with 163 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Vancouver’s runway 08R when at about 120 KIAS one of the left main tires blew, shortly followed by the second left main tires.
The crew rejected takeoff at high speed, declared emergency and slowed the aircraft bringing the aircraft to a stop about 7200 feet down the runway (runway length 11,500 feet). Emergency services responded and advised there was no fire.
The Canadian TSB reported that the aircraft was disabled on the runway, passengers disembarked onto the runway, the luggage was unloaded, passengers and luggage taken to the terminal. The aircraft needed to be defueled in order to be able to jack the aircraft up, non-standard jacking equipment was needed as the aircraft was slightly lower in this configuration.
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