Spokane-bound plane blows tire, returns to gate

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by BREANNA ROY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 5:41 AM

LAS VEGAS, Nev.  --  A flight headed to Spokane from Las Vegas had to turn around when crews discovered the jetliner had a blown tire.

Southwest flight 899 was leaving the Las Vegas airport headed to Spokane around 7:00 Monday night.

People on the flight said when the tire blew it reportedly took out some hydraulic lines and controls.

The plane landed safely about an hour after take off, but had to be towed back to the terminal.

"It was just like driving on a blown tire and you could hear it smacking the runway and smacking the landing gear," one passenger told KREM 2 News.

Passengers eventually boarded a new plane and arrived in Spokane late Monday night.

Officials said no one was hurt.

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