Southwest Airlines jetliner blows 3 tires on runway at Denver International Airport

Warning light caused pilot to brake during takeoff

DENVER - A Southwest Airlines jetliner blew three tires on the runaway at Denver International Airport Monday afternoon after the pilot spotted a warning light indicator and braked suddenly during takeoff, a DIA spokeswoman said.

The tires blew because stopping the plane at near-takeoff speed caused the brakes to overheat, said airport spokeswoman Cynthia Karvaski. Runway 25 was briefly closed.

Passengers from Southwest flight 513 were bused to the terminal and later boarded another plane for Las Vegas.

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