Qantas Flight Diverts to Tamworth due to Damaged Tire

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By George Hatcher

QantasA Qantas flight en route to Armidale from Sydney had to divert and make an emergency landing in Tamworth, NSW, Australia, on June 17.

The incident happened after one of the plane’s tires blew off during take-off. According to Qantas, the plane carrying 44 people was diverted to Tamworth because maintenance facilities were available at the airport.

The fire brigade, ambulances and police responded. The Tamworth Base Hospital was also put on alert.

The plane made a safe landing at about 9 p.m., after burning off extra fuel. No one was injured.

The passengers were transported to Armidale by bus.

Qantas engineers replaced the damaged tire.

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