April 19, 2019 6:24 pm

Vancouver to Chicago flight forced to land in Seattle over possible blown tire

FILE- In this June 16, 2018, file photo, American Airlines aircrafts aircrafts are seen at O"Hare International Airport in Chicago.

(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

A Chicago-bound plane out of YVR was forced to land in Seattle shortly after takeoff, Friday.

American Airlines says flight 397 was diverted over a “possible mechanical issue.”

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The airline says the plane landed safely just before 2 p.m. and was being inspected by a mechanical team.

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“Our maintenance team is currently inspecting the tire, which may have blown during the takeoff roll from Vancouver,” said a spokesperson in an email.

American Airlines says passengers were unharmed and were being swapped to a different plane to finish the flight.

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