Vietnam AIrlines lost Wheel

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
By George Hatcher

A Vietnam Airlines ATR-72 with 45 aboard en route from Cat Bi to Da Nang developed problems landing in Da Nang.

On landing, one of the plane’s two landing gear wheels was missing. No one aboard was injured.

The passengers had already left the airport by the time techs discovered the front shaft of the plane had broken off on one side, resulting in the loss of the wheel.

The plane had last been inspected on Sept 21.

Cat Bi and Da Nang airports have been searched for the lost wheel, but it is still lost.

CAAV ordered Vietnam Airlines to discontinue use of the entire fleet of 14 ATR-72 planes pending the results of the investigation.

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