Plane blows 2 tires on takeoff, makes emergency landing in New York

A plane, destined for London, that blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport has made an emergency landing in New York.

Westfield-Barnes, Massachusetts, regional airport manager Eric Billowitz says the troubled Gulfstream IV was diverted to New York Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, about 112km (70 miles) north of New York City.

The plane was carrying 16 passengers when it left Teterboro Airport around 10:50 on Tuesday. The pilot soon realised what had happened and began circling the airport for about 30 minutes before the jet was diverted.

The jet had been headed to London Luton Airport in Luton, England. It had previously been set to try to land at the Westfield-Barnes airport.

Billowitz says Stewart airport has an even longer runway, better for such emergencies.