Plane makes emergency landing in Birmingham after tyre bursts

A plane carrying 76 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing when a tyre burst after take-off.

Flybe flight BE1274 from Amsterdam to Manchester diverted to Birmingham on Monday afternoon after a problem with one of the main wheels was reported.

The plane landed safely and there were no reported injuries, a spokeswoman for the airport confirmed.

Birmingham Airport runway was closed for half an hour but reopened soon after 4pm and passengers on board the flight were taken by coach to Manchester instead.

A spokesman for Flybe said that the emergency landing was made as a "precautionary measure to take into consideration more favourable wind conditions".

"The aircraft landed safely without incident and, as is normal in such circumstances, the airport put its emergency vehicles on standby.

"All 76 passengers disembarked as normal, were bussed to the terminal, from where they will be taken by coach to Manchester to complete their journey.

"Flybe apologises to passengers for any inconvenience experienced, but the safety of its passengers and crew is the airline's number one priority at all times."

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