Shanghai Airport Closed Temporarily

January 2, 2007

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Shanghai's main domestic airport closed for several hours on Tuesday after a China Eastern Airlines passenger jet burst four tires on landing, local media said.

No one was injured among the roughly 100 people on board the Boeing 737-300, which was making a domestic flight to Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport from the northern port city of Qingdao.

The airport suspended normal operations as the plane was towed away and the runway searched for debris. Some outbound flights were delayed for hours, while 30 to 40 incoming flights were diverted to Shanghai's international airport at Pudong, reported the city's news service.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known and China Eastern officials could not be reached for comment on Tuesday evening.