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United Airlines flight lands safely in Denver after blowing tire on takeoff

A United Airlines flight from Denver to Kansas City returned to the airport after a tire blew on takeoff. 

A United Airlines flight from Denver to Kansas City landed safely after it was forced to return to Denver International Airport on Saturday after one of its tires blew on takeoff.

Airport officials say the plane, a de Havilland Dash 8-400, circled to burn off fuel before making a successful landing at 11 a.m.

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According to KMGH-TV, the plane was kept on the runway until passengers could board buses.

The interrupted flight was scheduled to continue to Kansas City four hours late.

A United Airlines plane blew two tires while taxiing Thursday morning at Lambert Airport in St. Louis. The aborted flight was headed to Chicago.

n">Reuters reports that the Delta Airlines plane that skidded off a runway at New York LaGuardia airport on March 5 may have had brake problems, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that cited two unnamed sources familiar with the federal probe.

Based on information from the "black box" and interviews with the pilots of Delta Flight 1086, federal investigators are focusing on the brake systems since other aspects of the touchdown were working as expected, the report said.

The investigation is also looking at the condition of the runway and the impact of snow and ice.

Air traffic safety experts cautioned the investigation is still in its early stages, according to the report.

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The Boeing Co MD-88 aircraft was en route from Atlanta on Thursday and slid on the tarmac and crashed through a fence, barely stopping short of Flushing Bay.

Several of the 127 passengers and five crew members suffered minor injuries after the plane skidded off runway 13, it's nose hanging out over the edge of the bay.