Image: Ecuador plane emergency
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Passengers of a Spanish airlines Iberia airplane evacuate it after one of the plane tires exploded while landing at Quito's airport, Nov. 9.
updated 11/9/2007 8:00:33 PM ET 2007-11-10T01:00:33

An Iberia jetliner carrying 330 passengers skidded off a runway in Ecuador on Friday, an airport official said, the second such incident in the last four months. No injuries were reported.

At least one tire burst on the landing gear of the plane as it touched down, causing it to slide off the runway tipped on its wing, airport director Diego Pachel said.

"Just by looking at the jet, you could tell there was major damage," Pachel said. Officials closed the airport after the accident.

He said the Airbus A340-600 — the largest aircraft authorized to land at Quito's Mariscal Sucre airport — took off from Madrid and was carrying 330 passengers.

On Aug. 31, the tires of another Iberia jet from the Spanish capital burst upon landing in the Ecuadorean capital. No injuries were reported.

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