Vellana International Airport (VIA) faced a temporary shutdown this afternoon after a Flydubai Boeing 737 experienced a tire burst upon landing. While there were no reported injuries to passengers or crew members, the incident caused several flight diversions and required the closure of the runway until the affected plane could be towed away.

The Maldives Airports Company confirmed the incident via Twitter, stating that all safety protocols were followed, and the passengers and crew were safe. The affected plane was subsequently moved to the hangar, and the runway is expected to reopen between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm, according to an airport spokesperson.

Aviators Maldives reported on Twitter that the Flydubai plane’s tire burst upon landing at 2:40 pm, causing damage to the aircraft. Further updates will be provided as the story unfolds.

The temporary closure of the airport has resulted in significant disruptions to travelers, with officials working to minimize the impact of the incident. The Maldives Republic will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.