A private jet carrying Post Malone that blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport was successful in an emergency landing at an airport in New York on Tuesday afternoon.
The rapper tweeted that he landed safely following the emergency touchdown.
“i landed guys. thank you for your prayers. can’t believe how many people wished death on me on this website,” he wrote in the NSFW tweet.
The plane had 16 people on board when it left Teterboro Airport on Tuesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
“Oh, my God, I hate flying in general. I don’t even know what to say, man. I’m shook,” he told the celebrity website TMZ on Facetime. “There was one hell of a team on that aircraft, and we’re here, we’re here on earth, and I need a beer, and I need some wine, at the same time, mixed together.”
The troubled Gulfstream IV was en route to London Luton Airport in Luton, England, when the pilot realized shortly after takeoff that the tires had blown. The pilot began circling the airport for about 30 minutes before the jet was diverted.
A private jet carrying rapper Post Malone landed safely at a New York airport Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, after two tires during takeoff.
A private jet carrying rapper Post Malone landed safely at a New York airport Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, after two tires during takeoff. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)
The jet landed at the New York Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, about 70 miles north of New York City, said Eric Billowitz, manager of Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Massachusetts. Fans gathered at the airport after hearing the rapper was on board, and they cheered when the plane landed just before 4 p.m.
Post Malone poses with the award for song of the year for “Rockstar” in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
The plane originally was to attempt an emergency landing at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport in Massachusetts, airport manager Billowitz said. It circled over Connecticut to burn fuel before the landing, a practice sometimes used to decrease the risk of explosion and fire during emergency landings.
Dom Henry drove to the New York airport with friends as soon as he heard the plane would be landing there instead. He was one of several fans, mostly teenagers, who anxiously waited for the plane behind the chain link fence surrounding the runway.
“I was praying,” he said.
Asked whether he was praying for Post Malone’s safety, he said, “Yeah, of course. And to see him.”
Anthony DeStefano saw the plane descend and said it appeared to be a normal landing, with no unusual noise or other indications of a problem. DeStefano, a local teacher, acknowledged being unfamiliar with Post Malone until his nephew informed him.
“Great job by the pilot,” DeStefano said. “People starting clapping as soon as it landed.”
Post Malone was scheduled to perform at the Reading and Leeds Festival in England over the weekend, according to his website’s tour schedule.
The face-tattooed singer/rapper took home the song of the year award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night in New York for his hit “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage. The song is from his latest album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys.”
The 23-year-old was joined on stage by rockers Aerosmith and 21 Savage for a wild performance that closed out the awards show.