SAN JOSE -- An incoming jetliner made a nerve-rattling landing Wednesday at Mineta San Jose International Airport with crash rigs at the ready after the flight crew reported blowing a tire during its takeoff in Denver, airport and fire officials said.
The Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 landed safely about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday as the crash team and a two-alarm engine response from the San Jose Fire Department stood by on Runway 30L.
Fire crews were dispatched as a precaution, airport spokeswoman Vicki Day said. The emergency detail was summoned about 30 minutes before the aircraft touched down in San Jose, which was its scheduled destination.
After the plane landed, it was able to taxi to the gate under its own power. Day said the aircraft has redundant tires to compensate for these situations.
Still, anticipation of the landing was more harrowing than usual in light of the July 6 crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, which resulted in three deaths, including one person who was accidentally run over by a fire engine.
Day said Wednesday's ordeal in San Jose was an example of authorities taking all the precautions possible.
"We were on the ready," she said. "Thank heavens we didn't have to use them."
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