Detroit Metro runway reopened after plane’s tires blow

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

A runway at Detroit Metro Airport reopened Tuesday after a plane blew two tires after landing Monday night.

The 3R-21L runway reopened at noon after investigators and maintenance crew were finished clearing away debris, said airport spokesman Michael Conway

The runway had been shut down since Monday night after a US Airways Flight 2088 from Charlotte, N.C. blew two right side tires. The Airbus A320 had landed at about 8:18 p.m. and was decreasing speed when the tires blew, spreading debris across the runway.

None of the 136 passengers and five crew members on board were injured. Passengers were bused to the terminal and replacement tire was brought out to get the plane to the gate.

Conway said the incident occurred at the same time as another of the four parallel runways undergoing regular maintenance and will remain shut down for at least the rest of the week. As a result there could be some residual flight delays because only three runways are operable.

According to, Detroit Metro is currently experiencing an average delay time of 51 minutes.

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