A small plane that was damaged while landing at McGhee Tyson Airport Tuesday caused three flights to be diverted while the aircraft was being removed from the runway, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said.
The pilot of the Premier I business jet returned the plane to McGhee Tyson shortly after departure when a cockpit warning light indicated a possible hydraulic problem, according to the FAA.
The tires on the left main landing gear blew out as it landed safely on Runway 23 Right at about 9 a.m.
Four persons were on board, but no injuries were reported. The aircraft was towed from the runway, which reopened at about 11 a.m.
The FAA Tower/Tracon at McGhee Tyson Airport was handling three flights when the incident occurred. Two air carrier flights and one general aviation flight were diverted to other airports.
Flights destined for or departing from Knoxville that had not taken off were held on the ground at the departure airport until the runway was reopened, the FAA said.
The aircraft is owned by Phillips and Jordan Inc. (P&J), which has corporate headquarters in Knoxville. The company is a general and specialty contractor established in 1952. The core is P&J’s operations are land clearing, earthmoving, underground utilities, erosion control, storm drainage and debris management.
P&J serves numerous markets and works throughout the U.S. performing projects ranging in size from a few thousand dollars to over three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to the company’s website.