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Crews responding to SRQ airport after 737 blows tire on takeoff

A United Boeing 737 sits at the gate at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Wednesday, May...
A United Boeing 737 sits at the gate at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Wednesday, May 19. The aircraft, heading for Newark, New Jersey, aborted its takeoff after blowing a tire.(WWSB-TV)
Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 2:53 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Fire crews are responding to Sarasota-Bradenton airport after what appears to be a United Airlines flight blew a tire on takeoff.

The initial 911 call reported that the tire burst landing. United 642, a 737, was heading to Newark . Fire engines arrived quickly on scene.

There are no reported injuries and the plane safely taxied to its gate where the passengers disembarked. The flight is now delayed until 4:45 p.m.

Viewer Steve King sent video of the aftermath.

United Airlines sent the following statement:

United flight 642 from Sarasota, Florida to Newark, New Jersey experienced a mechanical issue at low speed immediately prior to take-off. The aircraft safely returned to the gate and customers deplaned normally. We are making arrangements to get our customers to their final destination as soon as possible.

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