THE RUNWAY at the Grantley Adams International Airport was closed to arriving aircraft for just over two hours yesterday after a tyre on a departing Air Canada airliner blew out, forcing it to stop taxiing.
The incident unfolded around 2:50 p.m.
As the tyre was fixed on the runway where the plane stopped, no other aircraft were able to arrive. As a result, a Virgin Atlantic flight from Britain was diverted to St Lucia. It arrived here after the runway was fully reopened around 5:15 p.m.
Airport communications specialist Keith Goddard said the passengers aboard the Air Canada plane were allowed off and transported by airport buses back to the terminal.