"We probably had close to 100 people there, and they were probably as ecstatic as the people on that plane were when it touched down."
Houston Airport System spokesman Rich Fernandez said that other runways remained in operation throughout the emergency.
"We were prepared for every eventuality, and it worked out well," Fernandez said.
ExpressJet spokeswoman Kristy Nicholas said the incident would be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and that representatives of Embraer, the plane's builder, and B.F. Goodrich, the tire manufacturer, were on their way to Houston to assist.
FAA personnel said Continental Airlines also would participate. The three crew members stayed in Houston for debriefing and met with employee assistance personnel, said Nicholas, who characterized them as "heroes."
The two tires that blew out as an airliner departed Tuesday from Bush Intercontinental Airport - one new and the other newly retreaded - were installed two weeks ago and had undergone fewer than 50...
Pilot of Continental Airlines flight became ill after takeoff and was later pronounced dead after emergency landing.
In both instances, the aircraft landed without incident and no one was injured.