A PACKED passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after its tyre burst during take-off today.
Air Canada Rouge Flight AC1925 had to turn back following the scare this afternoon.
The Toronto-bound plane had to circle in the sky to burn fuel during the mid-air emergency before touching down.
Pictures show two clouds of dust rise up from the tarmac as the Boeing 767 landed on the runway around 1.15pm.
The stricken jet was met by fire crews before being towed back to the gate.
It has caused delays to a number of flights to and from the Surrey airport.
A passenger onboard tweeted: ‘The plane blew a tyre on take-off and we’ve had to land back at Gatwick. “Awaiting being towed to the gate.”
Passenger Justin Fretwell wrote: “Stuck on runway. Aircraft in front ran over debris and burst a tyre. “Airplane is at the end of run way engines off.”
Last month thousands of Brit holidaymakers were stranded amid chaos in Tenerife’s biggest airport after a runway emergency when a Jet2 plane’s wheels burst on landing.
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A Gatwick Airport spokesman said: “An Air Canada Rouge flight to Toronto has returned to Gatwick after experiencing a burst tyre on take-off.
“Following this, Gatwick’s runway has been closed since 14:12 to allow for a runway inspection, as it standard procedure in these circumstances.
‘The current runway closure follows an earlier closure between 13:16pm and 13:45pm when the runway was closed for an inspection after this aircraft departed.
“We apologise as some flights will be delayed as a result and a few arriving flights are likely to be diverted to other airports.”