Australian Air Force plane blocks Waco airport runway after blowout

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Royal Australian Air Force C-27J remained on a main runway at the Waco airport throughout the day Tuesday after two tires blew out as the pilot made a landing after a training mission.

The airport was closed until around 7 p.m. Tuesday, and American Eagle commuter flights out of the airport were canceled.

An assistant Waco fire chief said the airplane’s crew had attempted a landing late Monday night, but the plane may have touched down short of the runway and damaged two tires.

City of Waco spokesman Larry Holze said the plane’s crew was "shooting touch-and-goes" late last night when at about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday when the aircraft blew a couple of tires.

A spokesman for the U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command said Tuesday morning the crew was performing a training mission and was landing at the Waco airport when the two tires blew out.

The public information officer would not give any details about the mission, and would not say now many crew members were on board, although a normal crew for that aircraft is a pilot and co-pilot, and a loadmaster, when needed.

The spokesman said the U.S. Air Force routinely trains out of the Waco airport and has a contract with the city to do so.

The large cargo plane was sitting on a runway, tilted to one side, Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for the Air Force in San Antonio said would provide additional details about the incident later Tuesday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to the incident when it happened but there was no fire and no one was injured.