25 Jun 2009

Landing incident at American Samoa's international airport

11:53 am on 25 June 2009

The South Pacific Express Incorporated's short 360 aircraft blew a tire as it made a landing at American Samoa's International Airport yesterday.

Witnesses said the left rear tires of the aircraft popped when the plane landed on runway five close to Fogagogo.

The pilot brought the aircraft to a halt without incident and airport vehicles were dispatched to ferry the passengers and crew to the terminal building.

There were 28 passengers and 3 crewmembers on the flight which landed shortly after five pm.

The aircraft was cleared from the runway about an hour or so later.