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A Southwest Airlines jet has made a safe emergency landing after blowing a tire during takeoff.
Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said Friday that Flight 8 was bound for Austin but returned to Dallas Love Field after the tire blew.
Hawkins says the captain of the Boeing 737 flew by the airport so Southwest personnel and air traffic controllers could check for any damage, then landed the plane. It was towed back to the gate.
There were 125 passengers and five crew members aboard. Hawkins says they will be put on another plane Friday to fly to Austin.
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Additional information regarding the flight from The Aviation Herald:
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N726SW performing flight WN-8 from Dallas Love,TX to Austin,TX (USA) with 125 passengers and 5 crew, departed Dallas Love Field’s runway 13L. During the climb to 10,000 feet the crew requested a runway inspection suspecting they might have blown a tire, in response all traffic approaching runway 13L was swung over to runway 13R and departures not released. A runway inspection found debris on the runway, the runway was closed. N726SW stopped the climb at FL200 and decided to return to Dallas Love, performed a low approach to runway 13R to have the landing gear inspected from the ground identifying the left outboard main tire had burst and the inboard left main tire appeared damaged. The aircraft positioned for another approach to runway 13R, in the flare the crew made sure the right hand main gear touched down first and smoothed the left main gear onto the runway, then rolled out safely stopping on the runway.
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