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Blown tires ground Southwest plane at Sacramento airport [Updated]

December 27, 2011 |  9:15 pm

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More than 100 Southwest Airlines passengers were being rerouted Tuesday evening at Sacramento International Airport after their plane’s tires ruptured on the runway.

Flight 2278 was headed to Seattle when the tires blew about 6:15 p.m. The flight’s captain aborted takeoff. Fire department personnel sprayed water on the brakes and tires to cool them. There was no fire, said Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Katie McDonald.

None of the 130 passengers aboard was injured, McDonald said.

The plane remains on the runway, which was closed as of 8 p.m., according to a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Calls to Sacramento International Airport seeking information on air-traffic delays were not immediately returned.

[Updated 9:26 p.m.: Sacramento International Airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said the airport does not anticipate any delays related to the grounded plane. Runway 16R remains closed, and Slothower said it was unclear when it will reopen.]

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Photo: Southwest Flight 2278 in Sacramento. Credit: KTXL Fox 40

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