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Published on : Tuesday, July 18, 2017
These flights were using the back-up runway of Gatwick after the main strip of the airport was shut down after the incident occurred. The plane was an Air Canada aircraft that was travelling from Gatwick to Toronto.
It was departing from Gatwick around 1.16 p.m. on Monday for Canada.
During this point of time, one of its tyres suffered a major blowout. Thereafter, it made an emergency landing at the airport after an hour leading to disruption of normal flight operations. Late on Monday night, several air travellers faced delays to their flights of more than eight hours.
And, the airport authorities said that they were making the best efforts to ensure normal flight operations on Wednesday.
The passengers also complained of ‘carnage’ at Gatwick. Some of the flights had to be diverted to other airports including Cardiff and Heathrow. Some of the passengers said that the plane experienced a “bumpy landing” finally. They were all stuck inside the airport.
Naturally, they took to social media to express their frustration triggered by the disruption.
A spokeswoman of the airport said that the runway was temporarily closed twice. First, when the plane was up in the air and next time when it landed in order to conduct the necessary safety checks. She said that the flights were then taking place on the back-up runway.
She then went on to add that the situation has led to certain flight delays that are expected to be responsible for some cancellations.
A spokesman of the airline said that Air Canada Rouge flight 1925 Gatwick-Toronto was carrying 282 passengers on board and it was a Boeing 767 engine, that was capable of making a perfectly safe landing at Gatwick.