What to Know
- A luxury jet with 16 people on board blew two tires upon takeoff from New Jersey's Teterboro Airport on Tuesday
- No injuries were immediately reported aboard the Gulfstream Aerospace GLF-4 aircraft, which had been bound for England
- The pilot had to circle the airport for some time, in a holding pattern, as emergency crews assembled on the ground; then it was diverted
A luxury jet carrying rapper Post Malone landed safely in New York Tuesday afternoon, hours after blowing two tires during takeoff at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport.
The Gulfstream IV carrying 16 passengers touched down safely at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh just before 4 p.m., nearly five hours after takeoff.
Authorities did not confirm the identities of those on board, but Syracuse-born Post Malone tweeted he had landed, with a message for his fans, and for his haters. "Thank you for your prayers. Can't believe how many people wished death on me on this website. F*** you. But not today," he said.
Videos posted to social media Tuesday morning by multiple members of Post Malone's team, including his manager, his bodyguard and his DJ, showed the rapper boarding a plane at Teterboro Airport. Post Malone was seen reclining on a bed on the jet as it began to taxi on the runway.
After the plane landed, Malone's manager posted an Instagram Story on the runway at Stewart with the caption "THANK YOU LORD."
The face-tattooed singer/rapper, told TMZ on Facetime, "Oh, my God, I hate flying in general. I don't even know what to say, man. I'm shook. 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 plane had 16 people on board when it left Teterboro Airport on Tuesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
No injuries were immediately reported aboard the aircraft, which was departing for London Luton Airport in Luton, England. The rapper was scheduled to perform at the Reading and Leeds Festival in England over the weekend, according to his website's tour schedule.
Emergency crews readied to receive the plane at Teterboro after the pilot circled for a time, burning fuel, but it was then diverted to an airport in Massachusetts. Then it was said to be making an emergency landing somewhere in Connecticut before it was diverted back to New York -- to Stewart Airport.
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Fans gathered at Stewart International Airport after hearing the rapper was on board, and they cheered when the plane landed.
Anthony DeStefano saw the plane descend and said it appeared to have 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 started clapping as soon as it landed.
Stewart's signature feature is a nearly 12,000-foot runway, long enough to handle the fat-bodied C-5A Galaxy planes laden with supplies and better for such emergencies.
Post Malone performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City Monday night with Aerosmith and won Song of the Year at the ceremony for his hit "Rockstar."
The rapper shot to fame with his 2015 single "White Iverson,” and has gone on to smash streaming records and win multiple awards for his music. Born in Syracuse, New York, the 23-year-old made history when his second album 'beerbongs & bentleys' broke the first week streaming record on Spotify globally.
He has worked with rappers such as 50 Cent and Kanye West and performed at Kylie Jenner’s 18th birthday party. His first single from the album, “Rockstar,” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and held the spot for eight consecutive weeks. It also won Top Rap Song at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.