Cainanuk From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 555 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2292 times:
An engineer was injured very seriously today at MAN. He was changing a nose wheel on a LH CRJ200 when it blew. Apparently he has unfortunately lost an arm and a foot. Let's all keep this fellow in our prayers this evening as at last word, he is still in hospital in a really bad way.
Charlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1150 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2204 times:
Damn that's tough to hear,we tend to be cautious in deflating main tires but get complacent on the nose tires forgetting they also can be around 200psi. Best thoughts are with him and I hope all of us techs can see ourselves in this spot.
Chapavaeaa From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2111 times:
I'm sorry to hear this...but I do know of a couple of instances of this occuring. One on a small regional commutor resulted in the mechanic having his arm shattered with a dozen or so breaks. It sent a part of the rim through the ceiling of the hangar and about 150 feet away as I recall. Everyone in the hangar complex heard it and picked up the phone at once to find out what had happened. It crashed the phone system and it could not be restarted to call 911. People wound up driving a 1/4 mile down the street to call emergency services.
Charlienorth is correct. Deflate first. The mechanic in my story got lucky...kept his arm and recovered from what I recall...but it was a long long road to recovery.
LHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2068 times:
Poor fellow, I hope he's on the mend now and recovers from his injuries.
I was actually thinking about this a couple of days ago, as I was watching a 777-200ER main gear tyre change. I was standing quite close to the main gear, and wondered what would happen if the tyre should explode.
Myt332 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 9114 posts, RR: 69
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1913 times:
Quoting LHR777 (Reply 3): I was actually thinking about this a couple of days ago, as I was watching a 777-200ER main gear tyre change. I was standing quite close to the main gear, and wondered what would happen if the tyre should explode.
I too was wondering the same thing the other day when I was sitting on a tyre of one of the Concorde's. I guessed I'd end up on the hangar roof....