(CNN) — A Qantas Airways flight in Australia was forced to turn back after a tire on the plane exploded midair shortly after takeoff.
The jet was forced to burn fuel and circle above Queensland’s eastern Sunshine Coast for an hour and a half before touching down back in Brisbane. All 76 passengers on board were safe.
Passengers told Seven News they heard a big bang, and that the pilot announced it was a tire explosion.
Airport crew on the ground confirmed the issue.
All passengers were able to get on another plane to their destination later on Sunday. Qantas said it was not an emergency landing and that they are investigating the explosion, Seven News reported.