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Air China 74 Popped Some Tires @ LAX 6-30-07

Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:28 am

On Friday, June 29, 2007 at 2:52 AM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, Crash 80, Foam 180, 280 and 380 all under the direction of Battalion Chief Michael Greenup, responded to an Aircraft Incident on Runway 25L at LAX International Airport.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a Full alarm standby on Runway 25L in the early morning hours at LAX. An Air China 400 series 747 had taken off, when the next aircraft in line for take-off noticed a significant amount of debris on the runway and immediately contacted the radio tower. The Air China 747 circled and returned safely to the airport with a significant shower of sparks and debris.

The plane experienced two tires and a wheel assembly which had separated from the aircraft, exposing metal parts that came in contact with the runway producing shrapnel which caused damage to the rear fuselage and severed hydraulic lines. The plane's fuselage also suffered a "football" sized hole and several significant gashes. The Air China 747 carried a "combi" load, consisting of 223 passengers, 4 pilots, the crew and large cargo. Before the passengers or cargo could be removed from the plane, stabilization measures had to be undertaken. With the assistance of United Airlines and their "tail stand", LAX Airfield Operations, Construction/Maintenance Services and Fire Department personnel were able to stabilize the aircraft and safely evacuate the passengers.

There were no reported injuries to passengers or sworn personnel. Runway 25L will remain closed until approximately 10:00 A.M. The temporary closure will not impact airport operations.
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RE: Air China 74 Popped Some Tires @ LAX 6-30-07

Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:32 am

I heard about this on the radio here, but they just said it blew a tire on takeoff, had to circle and then do an emergency landing. Sounds like it was worse than reported, or that the second part of the damage happened on the landing, while the initial problem was only a blown tire?
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RE: Air China 74 Popped Some Tires @ LAX 6-30-07

Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:32 am

I was surprised I didn't see it on last night

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RE: Air China 74 Popped Some Tires @ LAX 6-30-07

Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:18 am

Thread already exist on the incident. Air China Emergency At LAX? (by AA61Hvy Jun 29 2007 in Civil Aviation)
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