CAL plane blows tire during landing, causes airport closure

Taipei, All 98 passengers aboard a China Airlines (CAL) flight from Manila were reported safe Tuesday after the plane blew a tire during landing at Kaohsiung International Airport, forcing the airport to close until 5 p.m., CAL and transport officials said.

Flight CI712 took off from Manila at 10:01 a.m. and landed in Kaohsiung at 11:36 a.m., blowing out a tire as it set down on the ground, according to the airport.

All passengers got off the Boeing 737-800 safely at 12:20 p.m., CAL said, and aviation authorities are investigating the cause of the incident.

The airport was originally to be closed until 2 p.m., but that was later extended by three hours until 5 p.m. as airport authorities had trouble clearing the plane from the runway.

Airport officials initially estimated based on the 2 p.m. reopening time that the incident would affect 1,655 passengers on 10 international inbound flights and 1,261 passengers on nine outbound flights, as well as 500 passengers on seven domestic departures and five domestic arrivals.

Those figures have not yet been updated after the reopening time was pushed back.

Several inbound international flights were diverted to Taoyuan International Airport in northern Taiwan and some inbound domestic flights were diverted to Magong in the outlying Penghu County following the incident.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel