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Runway reopened after United Express flight makes unscheduled landing in Louisville

The disabled plane blocked the airport's west runway. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News) The disabled plane blocked the airport's west runway. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville International Airport runway has been reopened after a United Express flight made an unscheduled landing, and blew a tire Thursday morning.

Mesa Airlines 6073 took off in Toronto and was traveling to Houston.

A map on FlightAware.com shows the jet, an Embraer 175, was flying near the Indiana/Illinois border when it diverted to Louisville. The pilot reported problems with the aircraft's hydraulic system, and landed in Louisville at 9:40 a.m., according to the FAA.

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The plane landed on Runway 17 and blew a tire, according to Natalie Chaudoin, spokesperson for Louisville Regional Airport Authority.

Runway 17L/35R is the longest of the two parallel runways, measuring 11,890 feet, according to FlyLouisville.com.

77 people were aboard the plane, including crew members, according to Chaudoin. Passengers were taken to the terminal to make arrangements with the airline for travel.

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“We provided these customers with food vouchers while they waited in the gate area, and customers will depart on a different aircraft today," Maddie King, spokesperson for United, said in a written statement.

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The passengers were cleared by customs in Toronto, so Louisville International did not need to process passengers again, according to Customs and Border Patrol.

The disabled plane closed the West Runway, but did not impact other flights because East runway was open.

The runway was opened again before 3 p.m. Thursday.

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