Tire burst forces emergency evacuation of Delta Air Lines flight in Atlanta.

Key Points:

  • A tire on the landing gear of a Delta Air Lines flight burst as the plane made a hard landing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, leading to an emergency evacuation of passengers.

  • Passengers on the flight, which originated from Richmond International Airport in Virginia, were safely evacuated and transported to a terminal, with one reported injury.

  • This incident follows a similar situation last month where a Delta plane landed safely without its front landing gear at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines flight was abruptly evacuated on Wednesday after a landing gear tire burst during a hard landing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has confirmed the incident.

The plane, originating from Richmond International Airport in Virginia, was forced to perform a tough landing around 6 p.m., which resulted in the left main gear tire blowing out. As a consequence, passengers had to vacate the aircraft through the emergency slides, according to the FAA.

Following the evacuation, passengers were escorted by bus to an airport terminal, a spokesperson for Delta Airlines detailed. The flight was carrying around 190 passengers, and reports indicated that one individual sustained injuries during the incident, as confirmed by airline officials.

The FAA has stated that air traffic control operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport should not be affected by this incident. The federal agency will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the hard landing and the consequent tire blowout.

This incident occurs on the heels of a similar situation last month involving Delta Airlines. A Delta flight successfully landed at Charlotte Douglas International Airport despite issues with its front landing gear. Pilots had received a "nose gear unsafe" warning and made a flyby past the Charlotte airport's air traffic control tower for a visual inspection of the plane. The inspection revealed that the nose landing gear doors were open, but the gear was still in the up position. Thankfully, no injuries were reported among the 101 individuals on board the Boeing 717 at the time.