Blown tires force emergency landing at JFK

August 14, 2012 3:20:36 AM PDT
A Delta Connection flight from Boston to Kansas City made an emergency landing at Kennedy Airport with two blown tires Monday night.

Delta Flight 3285, operated by Pinnacle Airlines, took off from Boston's Logan Airport at 6:42 p.m. en route to Kansas City. During takeoff, the plane blew two tires.

The pilot initially planned to go back to Logan Airport and circled the airport several times to burn fuel. However, as a result of high winds in the area, the plane diverted to Kennedy Airport and landed safely at around 8:30 p.m.

The passengers were evacuated from the airplane on the runway and were being bused to Terminal 2.

Eyewitness News obtained pictures that show the damage to the two tires on the back right hand side of the plane.

A Delta spokesman referred all calls to Pinnacle Airlines. Pinnacle has not released a statement.

This is the second incident in recent days involving Pinnacle Airlines.

On Friday, a United Express flight, operated by Pinnacle, clipped wings with a Lufthansa jet on a taxiway at Dulles International Airport. Both planes suffered minor damage.

Pinnacle Airlines filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 1 of this year.

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