American flight lands safely in Phoenix with blown tire

Posted at 9:22 AM, Sep 16, 2016

Authorities say an American Airlines jetliner bound for Phoenix made an emergency landing without incident at its destination after a tire blew out on takeoff from Portland, Oregon.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the Boeing 737-800's pilot declared an emergency Friday morning en route to Sky Harbor International Airport. The Phoenix Fire Department says fire trucks followed the plane as it rolled to a stop and converged on it when it pulled off a runway.

There were no injuries.

Fire Capt. Rob McDade says firefighters who inspected the plane's landing gear confirmed the blown tire but found nothing else wrong.

The plane was then towed to a gate for the passengers to get off.

McDade says the flight was carrying 157 crew members and passengers.