Northwest Jet Blows 5 Tires on Landing in Minn.

A Northwest Airlines jet blew five tires as it landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, closing a runway for a few hours.

No injuries were reported in Sunday's incident. Fifteen employees were on the plane, but there were no passengers.

The plane landed without crashing or going off the runway, although one runway was blocked for the rest of the afternoon.

It's not clear why the tires blew. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan says the pilot reported his brakes were overheating. Hogan says airplanes have dual wheels like semitrailers that provide stability if tires blow.

Hogan says the plane was arriving in Minnesota to prepare for future flights. It was being operated by Delta Airlines.


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