KFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3287 posts, RR: 31 Posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10961 times:
Two critically injured after plane tire blows up at Lauderdale airport
FORT LAUDERDALE – Two airplane maintenance workers were critically injured Tuesday morning when an aircraft tire they were working on blew up at the international airport.
The two men were rushed to Broward General Medical Center for treatment. Their injuries were described as very serious. The victims were not immediately identified, but Greg Meyer, airport spokesman, said both were veteran employees at for Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. A third man on the maintenance crew was not injured.
Broward Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Jachles said the accident occurred around 10 a.m. on the Jetway and involved a tire change. The tire was not attached to an aircraft when it erupted, he said.
Cause of the blown tire was not immediately known, but is under investigation, Jachles said.
"I don't recall the last time something like this happened," the airport's Meyer said.
F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4916 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10790 times:
Wow. I always felt uncomfortable when maintenance did tire changes on planes. I always wondered if something like that could happen. I send my deepest best wishes for those hurt, and wish for a quick recovery.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4926 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10721 times:
Although the newspaper article says they were working on an aircraft tire, I'm thinking that this probably was a jetway tire or a tire on an ARFF vehicle or some such. Dept of Aviation employees are usually the guys who fix airport facilities, not airplanes. Given that they say that it happened "on the jetway" and who was involved...I'm betting the reporter got it wrong. I guess we'll see in the follow-up story.
KFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3287 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10701 times:
They were later identified as Kevin Scott, 52, of Hollywood, a 20-year Broward County Aviation department employee, who sustained multiple lower extremity fractures; and Richard Hernandez, 49, a 19-year employee, who suffered suffered arm and shoulder injuries.
The third man on the maintenance crew, Jeffrey Jugis, 47, of Hallandale Beach, an 11-year veteran declined EMS transport to the hospital, but later went on his own to get checked out, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
At the time of the incident, said BSO spokesman Mike Jachles said, there were no aircraft at the passenger boarding bridge. There was no disruption to any passengers or aircraft.
Jachles said the accident occurred around 10 a.m. on the Jetway at Terminal 1, Gate 2 and involved a tire change. The 225-pound tire was not attached to an aircraft when it erupted, he said, soaring 80 feet into the air before slamming into a wall.
KFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3287 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 10618 times:
Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 6): Although the newspaper article says they were working on an aircraft tire, I'm thinking that this probably was a jetway tire
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't jetway tires actually taken from aircraft inventories? If so, the reporter wouldn't be incorrect in this case...but (s)he could have been a little clearer in the reporting.
Either way, it's a moot point. No matter what it is, or where it was from, we still have two fine gentlemen with potentially life-threatening injuries because of it.
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KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6229 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 10507 times:
Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 8): Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't jetway tires actually taken from aircraft inventories? If so, the reporter wouldn't be incorrect in this case...but (s)he could have been a little clearer in the reporting.
I remember this discussion before in civ/av. I think it depends on the airport...some airports' jetways use aircraft tires that are worn beyond acceptable aircraft usage limits (but still have plenty of life left in them for jetway usage), while others use special dedicated jetway tires.
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Litz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1752 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 10168 times:
Quoting Macc (Reply 11): i always thought that jetway tires were way less pressurized.
For that matter, don't you depressurize them before moving/handling them (due to the split rims)?
I know I have read several posts on aircraft tire changing, one that's one of the major things mentioned, including using the air in the tire to inflate the jack you use to jack the airplane, jetway, or whatnot. The air's there, it's under pressure, and you're gonna release it anyway ...
I think some Jetways do use retired aircraft tires (usually 737 tires) but even if not, the tires used are similar enough.
No matter how you slice it, they're similarly big, heavy, and dangerous.
The article quoted above stated the tire flew EIGHTY FEET after striking the men, before impacting on the airport terminal wall, so it must have been some kind of violent event.
Md94 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8838 times:
I guess aircraft split rims are the same as on semi trucks and farm implements, if not then please correct me.
Split rim tires use a split metal ring to hold the wheel together. The metal rings are known to "explode" off the tire if something is not quite right due to the high pressure. These tires are typically handled in large metal "cages" to contain in possible explosion.
Baron52ta From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7986 times:
Quoting Tlfd29 (Reply 14): Could someone explain what a split rim is? I've never heard of that before.
A split rim is as the name say a rim that is cut into parts, in some cases it is disc with two rings which are joined by bolts and nut other are two dish shaped parts which are bolted back to back. Either of these types allow for a deeper flange on the tyre as they are put either side of the tyre and bolted together hence the name split rim.
Jetset777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6163 times:
speaking of jetway tires, I noticed the tires on all the jetways at CAE for DL look extremely under inflated. I am a ramper there but I never took the time to look at jetway tires at other airports to compare. Is this normal? I realize they probably shouldn't be under the same pressure as aircraft or car tires, but should they look nearly half flat?
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 10904 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5113 times:
Quoting Litz (Reply 12): The article quoted above stated the tire flew EIGHTY FEET after striking the men, before impacting on the airport terminal wall, so it must have been some kind of violent event.
I wouldn't take that as gospel. I have no doubt that the event was quite violent, but I don't know how someone could tell just how high the tire went short of having an 80' measuring stick appropriately placed to measure it.
TF39 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5113 times:
I wonder if they were removing the tire. I know that when I removed tires off airplanes, you ALWAYS completely deflate them before removing in case there is a leak in between the rims that is being sealed while the wheel is still on the axle. A 100 PSI (or more) might not seem like much but in a big tire, it's deadly. And it's hard telling by just looking at a tire if it's deflated or not, especially if there's alot of weight on it.
: Radial bridges, those that pivot only, use aircraft tires that cannot be used for aircraft and are stamped in the sidewall as such. They are inflated
: I know he used the wrong designate but I think you will find he meant South West Airlines
: Sorry i used the wrong code I do that too often I meant WN And my bad it was a 737-300 With winglets must be new to have winglets
: Maybe the ASR (Airport Surveillance Radar) got a primary return on it? Don't flame me here, 'tis a joke, but it might be plausible...
: No it wasnt. It was a jetway The 737-300 is out of production and there is only one 737-300 with winglets. Chances are it was a -700... That said, 13
: Actually, my interpretation was that most of the flight was horizontal - ie: a low-level parabolic flight into the terminal wall, rather than some ki
: hey man try the fact that i had they day off
: Fair nuff. Still doesnt explain the fact that what you "saw" diddnt actually happen. As it wasnt a WN 737 as I pointed out.
: You are absolutely correct. I was there last Saturday and went on a "tour" of the concourse while killing time waiting for my flight back to EWR. Bum