A Gulfstream G-IV private jet with rapper Post Malone aboard blew out two tires while taking off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey Tuesday morning Aug 22, 2018. Fortunately, the aircraft managed to land safely at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, New York shortly before 4:00 pm.
“A Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV aircraft landed safely at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, NY” The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. “The aircraft was towed to the ramp. The FAA will investigate.”
In a tweet, the Post Malone thanked fans for their concern.
“I landed guys. Thank you for your prayers. Can’t believe how many people wished death on me on this website. F*** you. But not today,” the rapper said on Twitter.
“Oh my God, I hate flying in general,” he told TMZ. “I don’t know what to say. I’m shook.”
The award-winning rapper thanked the pilots and stated he needed a drink to relax after the scare. The jet was carrying 16 passengers and was en route to Luton Airport in London, England, when the accident happened shortly before 11 am on Aug 22, 2018.
According to flight-tracking website Flightradar24, the Gulfstream circled Northern New Jersey for a couple of hours before heading north to Connecticut. The FAA told ABC News that the jet would be diverted to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Massachusetts, however, the aircraft was eventually rerouted to Stewart International Airport, according to the FAA.
According to communication between the Gulfstream’s pilot and control tower at Stewart, both tires on the jet‘s left main landing gear appear to be deflated.
The Gulfstream spent nearly five hours flying in circles over New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut to its fuel load in an attempt to reduce the load on the aircraft’s damaged landing gear. The aircraft was N101CV, a Gulfstream G-IV built in 1993.
Stewart International Airport has one of the longest runways in the Northeastern US at 11,817 feet and is used as a diversion airfield for aircraft as large as the Airbus A380 superjumbo.
The rapper attended the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Monday August 20, 2018, where his song “Rockstar” won Song of the Year.