A Qantas Airways flight in Australia was forced to turn back after a tire on the plane exploded midair shortly after takeoff.
The plane was heading from Brisbane to the eastern city of Mackay on Sunday when a nitrogen-filled tire exploded, damaging part of the wing, according to CNN affiliate Seven News.
The jet was forced to burn fuel and circle above Queensland’s eastern Sunshine Coast for an hour and a half before touching down back in Brisbane. All 76 passengers on board were safe.
Passengers told Seven News they heard a big bang, and that the pilot announced it was a tire explosion.
Airport crew on the ground confirmed the issue.
According to CNN affiliate Nine News, an operator on the runway reported seeing “rubber all down the left-hand side” and found “a large piece” of shredded tire.
All passengers were able to get on another plane to their destination later on Sunday. Qantas said it was not an emergency landing and that they are investigating the explosion, Seven News reported.