Tires on Delta plane blow out on takeoff

Delta cancelled flight to Japan to accommodate passengers

Published  7:15 PM HST May 08, 2013
HONOLULU -

A Delta Air Lines flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles suffered blown tires while on the Honolulu International Airport's reef runway Wednesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Flight 2364 was supposed to leave Honolulu at 11:38 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 7:50 p.m.

Passengers tell KITV the plane was at takeoff speed and was about to lift off the ground when the pilot slammed on the brakes.

After the tires on the Boeing 767 blew out, fire trucks were seen on the reef runway spraying what appeared to be water on the plane.

Christina Murray was just one of the passengers who looked frazzled from the situation.

"It was very scary," said Murray, a visitor from New York.

Murray said the airplane was fully booked and everything seemed to be going fine until the moment before lift off.

"Going full speed about to take off, one of the tires blew and the plane was shaking side to side," said Murray. "I had no idea what happened, it sounded just like a tire exploded and everyone was freaking out."

Other passengers tell us they were lucky, and say the pilot did an amazing job of slamming on the brakes and bringing the plane to a halt.  But, after being stuck for more than an hour on the reef runway, then being shuttled back to the terminal, frustration set in.

"They have been helping out but they can't expect us to not be frustrated because some of us are not getting our bags now," said Murray.

According to passengers, Delta Air Lines cancelled a flight to Japan and rerouted it to L.A. to accommodate them.  We're told that most took advantage of that flight. Some caught a later flight, and the rest we're rebooked for Thursday morning.

Even after the change in plans, some are just grateful this didn't happen on the other end of their trip.

"Lets say we landed, probably would have been a terrible accident so we're lucky in that aspect and I thank God," said Murray.

An Airport Duty Manager says no one was injured in Wednesday's event. Delta Air Lines was not available for comment.

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