A plane with rapper Post Malone on board almost had to make an emergency landing in Westfield Tuesday.
A small jet carrying the popular rapper and 15 other people made an emergency landing in New York on Tuesday afternoon. FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the plane blew two tires as it took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey just before 11 a.m. The plane was bound for London but was first diverted to Westfield-Barnes Airport, before being rerouted again to an airport in New York.
When fans heard the rapper might be in our area, they flocked to the airport to try and see him, others were there hoping to see the emergency landing.
“I kind of put two and two together, it was a Gulfstream IV, there’s a gulf stream hangar here, and I got the runway,” said Walter Samwell of Westfield. “And I said to myself, I’ll take a shot and see if they come here. It’s going to be quite something to see, see the pilot bring it in.”
Manager of the airport Eric Billowitz said he was told the plane was going to attempt to land there because the airports 9,000-foot long runway is one of the longest in the northeast, but the plane was diverted again to an airport in New York, with an even longer runway.
Malone had been performing at the MTV VMA Awards in New York City Monday night and was headed to another performance in England set for this weekend.
One Three Rivers resident said with the rapper’s popularity, he wasn’t surprised fans were waiting for him in Westfield.
“For sure, I know a lot of my friends would too, I mean I would,” said Zak Delaura. “He’s very popular. He deserves it too, he’s one of the greatest.”
The rapper tweeted Tuesday afternoon, saying in part, “I landed guys. Thank you for your prayers.”