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Emergency Landing in Greece

September 30, 1999

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ An Olympic Airways passenger jet made an emergency landing here Thursday after losing two tires shortly after taking off for Budapest, Hungary.

With 71 passengers aboard, the Boeing 737-200 touched down on a bed of foam at about 2:30 p.m. No one was injured.

Shortly after Flight OA373 left Athens international airport, work crews found the shredded remains of two tires, and the plane was ordered to return.

Emergency crews sprayed the runway with foam to prevent sparks from the rims of the wheels.

Its captain circled the airport until he ran low on fuel before attempting to land.

The airport was temporarily shut down, and fire trucks and ambulances lined up near the runway in case of an accident.

It was the second Olympic Airways emergency landing at Athens airport in less than one month.

On Sept. 12 an Olympic Aviation plane carrying 55 passengers and four crew made a successful emergency landing after its front wheel failed to come down. No one was hurt when the propeller-driven ATR-42, bound for the northern city of Preveza, touched down.

Olympic Aviation is a domestic subsidiary of the state-run Olympic Airways.

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