Cause of plan tyre burst unknown

Airports Company SA says the cause of the Global Aviation flight to Malawai’s tyres burst is still unknown.

The tyre of  a private charter caught alight at OR Tambo International airport on 13 November 2012. Picture: @Ricic via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency officials are busy removing debris from one of the runways at OR Tambo International Airport, after an aircraft's tyre exploded on takeoff.

One of the aircraft's tyres exploded, triggering a blaze.

All 127 people onboard the Global Aviation flight, which was bound for Malawi, disembarked safely and no injuries were reported.

Several flight delays are currently being experienced at the international departures.

The Airports Company South Africa's (ACSA) Unathi Batyashe-Fillis said they would only be able to establish if the runway was damaged after the plan is removed.

"They are busy cleaning the debris. As soon as that is completed, the runway will be declared safe."

She said the airline was scheduling alternative flights for passengers to Lilongwe, Malawi.

The exact cause of the accident is not yet known. But ACSA said it was investigating the matter.