Sunwing plane blows tire on landing in Toronto, passengers, crew all safe


TORONTO — Passengers on board a Sunwing flight from Mexico to Canada experienced a rough landing in Toronto when a tire on the plane blew out.

All passengers and crew safely disembarked the plane that landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport around 3 p.m. on Sunday, the airline said in a statement.

Sunwing said airport teams inspected the plane and found there was also a hydraulic leak from the landing gear. The company said the flight was operated by Swift Air.

Passenger Adi Jhamb said he was returning from his honeymoon in Cancun and the flight was perfect until the plane started shaking violently as it landed.

He said it was the roughest landing he’s ever experienced.

“As soon as we landed, the pilot’s trying to brake and we kept hearing this noise, like a flat tire on a car,” Jhamb said.

“I was concerned that the cabin luggage may fall out, but nothing happened.”

He said fire trucks, ambulances and airport trucks came out to help.

Video posted on social media shows passengers holding the seats in front of them as the plane rolls down the runway after landing.

Jhamb said many passengers were frightened during the landing. He said the passengers were stuck on the plane for about an hour.

“It was getting hot and the fans weren’t working,” Jhamb said. “But the staff was nice, they were giving away water and cookies.”

Despite that, some passengers struggled with the wait and the heat, he said.

“One guy was really upset and didn’t seem to know what was going on,” he said.

The passengers later left the plane and got onto buses that were waiting for them on the runway and taken to custom agents.

Jhamb said he and his wife left without their luggage to avoid further delay, but said received their luggage early Monday afternoon.

“It’s just one of those things,” Jhamb said.

Liam Casey, The Canadian Press