Continental Plane Blows Tire on Takeoff, Lands Safely at Houston Airport

A Continental Express plane blew a tire upon takeoff Tuesday but landed safely after circling the airport for about two hours.

The plane tried to land once at Bush Intercontinental Airport but was waved off so officials could assess the damage and the plane could burn fuel, said Continental Express spokeswoman Kristy Nicholas.

Continental spokeswoman Sarah Anthony said the Minneapolis-bound plane carried 45 passengers and a crew of three.

The passengers were taken by buses to the terminal about 30 minutes after the landing.

The airport got the call about the tire about 4:25 p.m., said spokesman Richard Fernandez. Other airport operations continued normally.

The jet was an Embraer 145, the same kind of plane that veered off a runway in Chicago on Tuesday.

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