INDIANAPOLIS -- A regional jet blew a tire during takeoff and had to land at the Indianapolis International Airport without the normal number of tires early Wednesday evening.

U.S. Airways officials said the CRJ 900 jet was heading from Indianapolis to Charlotte just before 5 p.m.

Flight 2685, operated by Mesa Airlines, followed protocol and continued takeoff after the flight crew heard noise from the main landing gear, U.S. Airways officials said.

Officials said the plane went to a safe altitude and burned off fuel so it wasn't too heavy when the flight landed.

The plane landed safely and was taxied away from the terminal.

Officials said 78 passengers and three crew members were on board, and all passengers were loaded onto buses and taken to the terminal.

The plane was towed to a maintenance facility and checked out.

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