Post Malone flight scare: Rapper's plane makes safe emergency landing after tires blow out during take off
The plane blew out its back tires while taking off from the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday
The private plane on which rapper Post Malone was traveling has touched down safely at Stewart International Airport in New York at 12:53 pm on Tuesday. The aircraft blew two tires during take off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey at 10:50 am. The plane which was bound for London had 3,700 gallons of fuel to burn before attempting to land.
There were at least nine fire trucks, 25 personnel, and 12 ambulances on standby at the Steweart International Airport during the emergency landing.
According to TMZ, Malone and his team were on the plane headed towards London Luton Airport in Luton, England. A law enforcement agent told the tabloid that the plane blew off its tires while taking off from the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on Tuesday morning. The pilot then attempted to circle back to land but was informed that it would be safer to fly to Massachusetts to do so.
In an air traffic audio obtained by TMZ, the pilot can be heard informing the control room at the airport that the tires are compromised and asking for permission to circle above. He also tells them that he has 16 people on board.
The pilot is asked to continue the flight to Westfield Barnes Regional Airport in Springfield, Massachusetts, and then again to Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, New York to burn off fuel to make for a safer landing. The news of the diversion was confirmed by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).
Airport officials at Teterboro had deployed emergency personnel on the ground in preparation for its landing before the change of plans. The plane, which is said to be a Gulfstream Aerospace GLF-4 luxury jet, allegedly had 3,700 gallons of fuel to burn.
Malone is scheduled to perform on Friday at the Reading Festival in Reading and had attended Monday's 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City. Having taken home the 'Song of the Year' for 'Rockstar,' he took to the Radio City Music Hall stage alongside Aerosmith and 21 Savage for a show-closing performance.
"You go to bed and you dream about maybe winning and then whenever you get up here you don’t remember what the hell to say," he said while accepting his award. "Thank you so much. Thank you to my family, thank you to my crew — everybody that was a part of the song. Thank you, everybody, for listening."