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Delta jet aborts takeoff from Atlanta after 2 tires go flat

Posted August 9

— Authorities say a Delta Air Lines jet bound for Oklahoma was forced to abort its takeoff on a runway at Atlanta's airport when two tires went flat.

Airport spokesman Reese McCranie tells The Associated Press that passengers were removed from the plane, and no injuries were reported.

Atlanta-based Delta said in a statement that Flight 5508, operating as Delta Connection from Atlanta to Tulsa, aborted its takeoff around 9:22 a.m. Wednesday after two tires deflated.

The airline says passengers got off through the main cabin door and were returned on buses to the terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Video from WSB-TV showed firetrucks positioned around the plane shortly after the failed takeoff.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says the agency will investigate.

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