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United Express flight makes unscheduled landing at Louisville International Airport, blows tire

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A United Express flight made an unscheduled landing at Louisville International Airport Thursday morning, blowing a tire on the runway and briefly stranding the people on board.

According to a spokesperson for the Regional Airport Authority, it happened just after 9:35 a.m. The FAA says the incident involved Mesa Airlines flight 6073 (Mesa Airlines operates as both "American Eagle" and "United Express" in various parts of the U.S.) which departed Toronto-Pearson International Airport in Canada, bound for George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

That aircraft, an Embraer E175, was diverted to Louisville International Airport after the pilot reported problems with the plane's hydraulic system.

The Regional Airport Authority says that, upon landing on Runway 17 Right in Louisville, the aircraft blew a tire, disabling it on the runway.

There were 77 people on board the aircraft, including both passengers and crew. Authorities says they were all transferred to the terminal. All of the passengers were pre-cleared by customs in Toronto. No one was injured.

Regional Airport Officials say Runway 17 Right is closed until the aircraft can be removed from the runway.

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