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Post Malone Safe After Dramatic Plane Landing

Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Post Malone (L-R), performing onstage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night.
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Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Post Malone (L-R), performing onstage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night.

A private plane carrying rapper Post Malone and 15 other people was forced to make an emergency landing on Tuesday afternoon at New York Stewart International Airport in Orange County, N.Y.

The Federal Aviation Administration tells NPR that the plane blew out two tires during takeoff from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey at about 10:50 a.m.

The plane, a Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV, was heading to London Luton Airport in England; Malone's next scheduled tour date is Aug. 24 at the U.K.'s Reading Festival.

The rapper posted on Twitter that he was safe.

Emergency personnel, including firefighters and police, were gathered at the airport near Newburgh, N.Y., but the plane landed safely at about 3:50 p.m., despite the damage. Stewart Airport services both civilian and military aircraft.

Post Malone (born Austin Richard Post) performed Monday night in New York at the MTV Video Music Awards alongside Aerosmith and 21 Savage; his song "rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, won the song of the year prize at the VMAs.

TMZ posted audio of a conversation that it says took place between the plane's pilot and air traffic control just after takeoff.

On the audio recording, the pilot advises a traffic controller that a tire has blown, and requests permission to head back to Teterboro, noting that there are 16 people on board the jet.

The plane was then ordered to continue flying in order to burn fuel before it could attempt a landing, as it was originally carrying enough fuel to cross the Atlantic.

Before landing in New York, the plane spent about four hours in the air, looping over central New Jersey and the coast of Connecticut before landing at Stewart.

The FAA says that it will investigate the incident.

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Anastasia Tsioulcas is a reporter on NPR's Arts desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards and the myriad accusations of sexual misconduct against singer R. Kelly.