HOUSTON - Airport officials say a Northwest Airlines passenger jet landed safely after blowing a tire on takeoff from Houston.

NWA Flight 3492 was headed to Minneapolis-St. Paul on Monday morning. Airport spokeswoman Marlene McClinton says the plane circled the airport so the control tower could check damage from the ground. Some rubber from the blown tire was scattered along the runway.

The jet returned safely to Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, and the airline was rebooking passengers.