Aviation Photo #1345949 Tupolev Tu-154M - Belavia

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This TU154M lost a tire during take off. You clearly can see where the tire is missing (right main landing gear - middle wheel). Rwy 18 was closed for several minutes after this incident. The pilots didn't return to FRA. Does anybody have further information about this incident? Hopefully they landed safely again. [1200pixels]
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    Martin Lidzba
    Belavia
    Tupolev Tu-154M
    Tupolev Tu-154/155
    Tupolev Tu-154/155
    Tupolev
    91A881
    EW-85706
    Frankfurt am Main (Rhein-Main AB)
    Germany
    April 6, 2008
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Anonymous
9 years ago
Is it common to lose a tire during t/o?
Anonymous
9 years ago
Some courage to continue to the destination.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Excellent clarity, lighting, and perspective on the graceful lines of that beautiful aircraft. :)
Anonymous
9 years ago
I have no idea what happened when she landed, but chances are there were no serious reactions from just one tire being lost. She has quite a few more there on the main gear and she was lighter than when she took off, of course. :)
Anonymous
9 years ago
Now THAT is some new way of saving weight...
Anonymous
9 years ago
Money shot. I spent hundreds of hours at this spot at FRA and never ever something happened. Perfect timing, at the right place with the right weather.
Anonymous
9 years ago
The tire is lost - lucky shot.
I think it is wisely decided to continue to destination when everthing else but the tire is fine. A/C will be much lighter there without having to dump tons and tons of fuel.

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