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Virgin Australia passengers circle Brisbane for hours after tyre burst

Passengers on a Virgin Australia flight bound for Perth spent hours circling above Moreton Bay on Monday night after the plane’s tyre burst on take-off.

The VA474 flight took off from Brisbane Airport just before 9pm when a tyre on the Boeing 737-800 burst.

The plane circled for hours on Monday night after its tyre burst on take-off at Brisbane Airport.

The plane circled for hours on Monday night after its tyre burst on take-off at Brisbane Airport.

Photo: Brendon Thorne

The plane circled for more than three hours, reportedly to burn enough fuel to land safely back on the ground.

The aircraft landed about 12.40am, with passengers disembarking at Brisbane Airport just after 1am.

A statement from Virgin Australia said the “engineering issue” resulted in the flight being cancelled.

The Virgin Australia flight circled for hours, eventually landing after 12.40am on Tuesday.

The Virgin Australia flight circled for hours, eventually landing after 12.40am on Tuesday.

Photo: flightaware.com

“We’re very sorry to our guests for the inconvenience caused and we will have them safely on their journey as soon as possible.”

Amy Mitchell-Whittington

Amy Mitchell-Whittington is a reporter at the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in science and education

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