TOKYO - Tires on the two front wheels of a Japan Airlines plane came off as the aircraft skidded to a landing at a Tokyo airport Wednesday, an airport official said.
JAL spokesman Geoffrey Tudor said one man and a woman both suffered whiplash as the plane, carrying 222 passengers and crew on board, braked to a stop.
The JAL flight from New Chitose Airport in northern Hokkaido state was landing at Tokyo's Haneda airport when the incident occurred, Transport Ministry spokesman Kazuyoshi Furukawa said.
The Boeing 767 aircraft was at a standstill on the runway. Officials were investigating the cause of the accident, Furukawa and Tudor said.
Everyone on board had been safely evacuated from the aircraft, Tudor said.
A passenger interviewed by Nippon TV described a loud crunching sound as the plane skidded to a halt. NTV said the incident may have been caused after the tires burst.
Earlier, Furukawa had said that the two front wheels, instead of tires, had come off the plane
This sounds serious. Tires coming off a plane upon landing? Well, apparently on the 10 pm news, there was an airliner analyst saying that there is no way that a tire can come off a plane no matter how hard the landing is....... but the tires can burst.
Can't imagine what it would have been like to be on the plane when landing.
The JAL company rules demand that the tires on each aircraft be replaced within 400 takeoff/landing routines. According to what the JAL spokesmen announced, both of the tires were within the 150~200 times limit.
Does anybody know what rwy this took place in? I know that HND uses 16R, 16L a lot during the summer months (from my memory). Did this incident cause major delays?
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