PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An airplane landed safely after losing its breaks and blowing out two of its main tires Thursday, according to a Portland airport spokesman.
The F-15 landed at the Portland International Airport around 2:54 p.m. — as two sets of brakes failed and two rear tires blew on the north runway. Port of Portland firefighters rushed in to spray foam on the hot tires.
The pilot was coming back from a training mission and wasn’t hurt in the landing, according to the Oregon Air National Guard. F-15s can hold up to two people.
The north runway was closed as crews made arrangements to tow the aircraft off. The south runway was already partly closed due to construction work on the runway, the airport spokesman said.
An estimated six commercial flights had to be diverted, and nine delayed, as crews spent the next two hours working to remove the jet. The aircraft was moved from the Portland International Airport’s north runway around 4:50 p.m., said PDX Spokesperson Steve Johnson with the Port of Portland.
The runway was inspected and reopened at 5 p.m.
F-15s frequently land at this public airport. There’s an Oregon National Guard hangar at PDX.