A flat tire led to the aborting of a Delta flight. A spokesperson with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport told NBC that a tire blew while the plane proceeded on the runway.
The ExpressJet flight 5508, operating as Delta Connection from Atlanta to Tulsa, aborted takeoff at approximately 9:22 a.m. ET at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after two tires deflated, a rep for the airline said in a statement.
The passengers were safely deplaned through the main cabin door and transported back to the terminal on buses as maintenance crews work to tow the plane off the runway. However, they have been accommodated on another aircraft that will continue on to the original destination.
There are no reports indicating that there are injuries from the scene. The jet was on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at the time. Having been assigned to another aircraft, they eventually landed in Oklahoma. A passenger was happy to finally make it to his destination after two tires went flat on his original jet.
Nicolas Escobar said he was happy to land safely in Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon after a delayed trip that involved changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
“So, we’re on the plane waiting for takeoff and we hear a big boom,” Escobar told Channel 2 Action News. He then described a bad noise as the plane slowed and the pilot aborted takeoff.
“The pilot said he didn’t touch the brakes because he didn’t know the condition of the tire or whatever, so he just made it slow down,” Escobar said. “He had enough track to make it slow down.”
The 46 passengers and four crew members on ExpressJet flight No. 5508 were not injured, airlines spokeswoman Lisa Hellerstedt said in a statement. However, takeoff was aborted about 9:22 a.m.
The flight was operating as a Delta Connection at the time of the incident.
Shortly after getting off the plane, the passengers were bused back to the terminal and the plane was towed off the runway, Hellerstedt said.