SapphireLHR
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Lost Wheel At LHR

Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:48 pm

Just been reported that the BA 207, 747 bound for Miami lost a rear undercarriage wheel on take off from LHR. Will continue to destination.
 
Sketty222
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RE: Lost Wheel At LHR

Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:51 pm

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Quoting SapphireLHR (Thread starter):
Just been reported that the BA 207, 747 bound for Miami lost a rear undercarriage wheel on take off from LHR. Will continue to destination.

Has it lost an actual wheel or has a tyre just blown?

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CHRISBA777ER
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RE: Lost Wheel At LHR

Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:53 pm

Cue shrill whines from loads of "armchair" types who castigate BA for continuing with the flight claiming it is unsafe etc...
What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
 
AI
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RE: Lost Wheel At LHR

Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:59 pm

BA continued with a non-working engine & not a tyre. I am not an expert so it might be safe to do so, but to me on the face of it, it seems a better idea not to continue on a long haul flight if you are already one engine down.

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RE: Lost Wheel At LHR

Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:05 pm

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 2):
Cue shrill whines from loads of "armchair" types who castigate BA for continuing with the flight claiming it is unsafe



Quoting AI (Reply 3):
BA continued with a non-working engine & not a tyre. I am not an expert so it might be safe to do so, but to me on the face of it, it seems a better idea not to continue on a long haul flight if you are already one engine down.

Ooh boy, this topic has been beaten to pulp so let's not bring it up again!
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RE: Lost Wheel At LHR

Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:03 pm

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 1):
Has it lost an actual wheel or has a tyre just blown?

If it has lost a tyre then continuing would be the best option, but if it has lost a whole wheel then I would have expected it to return, as there would be axle damage that would be much easier to repair at main base.

Reminds me of an incident when a GF L1011 lost a complete nose wheel on take off from LHR bound for BAH. The crew did not know until BA Ops control called and told them.
The Tristar flew through the night to BAH, and at 0500 the GF Ops manager made a profound decision to let them land!. He could not understand why we all thought that was funny. What else would they do but land at main base? The landing was without incident, but the axle was sheared off and we had to replace the NLG Inner cylinder (There was no separate axle assy.)
 
Sketty222
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RE: Lost Wheel At LHR

Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:48 pm

Just thinking about it, that wheel could do some damage if it carries on at speed.

Can you imagine if it carries on hurtling down the runway at 100mph+ and then leaves the runway and hits something

Ouch...
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RE: Lost Wheel At LHR

Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:01 pm

If the whole wheel came off, then that's a pretty unusual. Tires bursting and disappearing isn't as big of a deal.

If the gear retracted properly and there are no hydraulic problems, then there isn't any reason to divert back to London. That'll cost them about $100,000. I wouldn't think it is anywhere near as big of a deal to lose a tire or wheel on a 747 than a smaller plane like the 737. Tires burst all the time, so it doesn't need to be sensationalized.
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