|Quoting JakTrax (Reply 41):|
I'm amazed that the aircraft taxied back to the gate with blown tires (4 at least according to the video) - is this normal practice?
It's doubtful that it did, as a fully-laden aircraft doesn't roll particularly well on flat tires. Notice also that I said flat tires, as I doubt they're "blown" but are just deflated.
After a high-energy stop, the brakes and
wheels get hot, and it can take a few minutes for the heat to translate to the wheels themselves (which are what the tires are obviously mounted on). Depending on the assorted variables (speed at which abort initiated, aircraft weight, runway slope, surface winds, etc.) that determine how much brake energy (measured in millions of ft.-lbs.) and thus heat is involved, the fuse plugs in the wheels may, or may not, melt, thus deflating the tires thus preventing a "blowout". This can sometimes take 20-30 minutes (or longer) to occur, and it would appear that they were able to get back on a gate before it happened. The first shot of the fireman on the ground appearing to take a picture wasn't doing so--he was using an IR
device to get the brake temperature from a safe distance.
As for the tape, the guy is a Cliff Claven-ish doofus, and there are so many gaffes and lapses in his understanding of things that I hardly would know where to begin, other than to say that he's real drama queen....
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