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Southwest jet lands safely after blowing tire on takeoff

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A Southwest jet landed safely Friday morning at Dallas Love Field after blowing a tire on takeoff.

Southwest officials said a left-side tire suffered the blowout.

The Boeing 737 circled Dallas Love Field to allow ground personnel a chance to evaluate the plane before it landed.

Aviation experts say the captain burned off fuel as required, and then began the emergency landing as fire trucks stood by. 

Southwest crew members switched out tires on the plane while it was parked on the runway. The plane was then towed to a gate and passengers were allowed off of the plane.

Flight No. 8 was headed to Austin and had 125 passengers and five crew members on board. Southwest said the passengers were put on a new plane for their trip.

The plane has been taken out of service as Southwest tries to find determine what caused the tire to blowout, but passengers say they knew something was wrong right away.

"Right as we took off, there was a rumble on the left side of the plane, and you knew there was something wrong at that time,” said passenger David Hannah.

Almost to Waco, passenger Eric Maas says the captain came on the intercom.

"They came back and said they were going to going to go back to Dallas and they were going to do a low flyover on the runway so they could get a visual,” said Maas.

Both Maas and Hannah did not continue on to Austin, saying they missed their meetings.

But both men give a great deal of credit to the captain and crew. 

"Southwest did a great job with this thing,” said Maas. “They communicated well."

"He did a fantastic job!” said Hannah “And he kept us nice and safe. And also, the nice thing is he kept us informed. I think not knowing would have been a lot scarier."

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