Charter Plane for Soldiers Blows Tire Landing at BWI

LINTHICUM, Md. -- A charter airplane flying soldiers into BWI blew its front tire while landing and five crew members have been taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Jonathan Dean, spokesman for Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, said none of the 168 soldiers aboard the World Airways DC10 was injured. The plane landed around 1 p.m. Wednesday and blew a tire on the front nose gear.

The plane was grounded in the middle of the runway for roughly two hours and the plane's passengers got on shuttle buses to the terminal.

After the tire was replaced about 3:30 p.m., Dean said the airport reopened the runway. He said there was only a minimal disruption to other flights at the airport.

Five crew members were taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center for evaluation.

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