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Jet with blown tire lands safely at Phoenix Sky Harbor

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PHOENIX — An American Airlines jetliner landed safely Friday morning where it was supposed to — Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport — despite a blown tire that happened during takeoff.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the pilot of the Boeing 737-800 declared an emergency en route to Sky Harbor.

There were 157 aboard, including crew, and no one was injured.

A Phoenix Fire Department spokesman said fire trucks followed the plane as the pilot carefully directed the rolling jet off a runway.

Fire Capt. Rob McDade said crews inspected the plane’s landing gear and confirmed the blown tire. They found nothing else wrong.

The plane was towed to a gate where passengers were let off.

The flight had arrived from Portland, Oregon.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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