Plane blows tire at Nelson airport

A training aircraft blew a tire while landing Sunday afternoon at the Nelson airport, forcing another plane to execute a go-around maneuver.

A training aircraft blew a tire at the Nelson airport Sunday.

A training aircraft blew a tire while landing Sunday afternoon at the Nelson airport, forcing another plane to execute a go-around maneuver.

Case Grypma of the Nelson Pilots Association said the first plane, owned by Kootenay Lake Aviation, was jacked up and a dolly placed underneath.

In the meantime, a second aircraft, a Pilatus, had to pull up to avoid the disabled plane on the runway. There was no damage besides the flat tire.

“Pilots are trained for those eventualities,” Grypma said. “You quickly realize what happened. It’s unexpected, but it’s hard to get into trouble.”

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