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Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter Plane makes Safe Landing in Germany after Tyre Deflation

Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter (LGW) flight AB-8883 made a safe landing at Düsseldorf Airport, Germany, on July 3rd.

The de Havilland Dash 8-400 flying on behalf of Air Berlin from Florence, Italy, was mid-air when the crew got information about tyre debris found on the runway after departure.

The plane landed safely after entering a hold.

No one was injured.

Inspection revealed that one of the plane tyres was deflated.

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El Al Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Tel Aviv

El Al flight LY-27 had to return and make an emergency landing in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 4th.

The Boeing 747-400 plane took off for Newark, New Jersey, but had to turn back after the crew was informed that tire debris had been found on the departure runway in Tel Aviv.

The plane landed back safely. Everyone aboard remained unharmed.

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Atlas Air Plane Returns to Miami International Airport

Atlas Air cargo flight 5Y-33 had to return and make an emergency landing at Miami International Airport, Florida, on February 17.

The Boeing 747-800 plane took off for Buenos Aires, Argentina, but had to return shortly afterwards after tire debris was found on the departure runway.

The perimeter road around the airport was closed for traffic while the plane, carrying 6 crew members, landed safely. No injuries were reported.

EasyJet Falling Pieces

On August 12, an easyJet Airbus A320-214 en route from Milan-Malpensa Airport to Lisbon took off okay, but pieces of the plane were falling.

The control tower spotted the debris on the runway.

After losing parts of the engine cowling, pilots made a safe, if dramatic landing back at the Milan-Malpensa. None of the 174 passengers and crew sustained injury, though most of them went through an emotional roller coaster, especially when a passenger screamed out that “A piece of the wing has gone flying.

Pilots circled for twenty minutes before landing; then after landing safely, when pilots put engines into reverse, more stuff fell off the engine. Although fire engines were on standby, standby is all they had to do. Passengers and crew exited via the staircase.

In a genius of understatement, Easyjet confirmed “flight EZY2715 from Milan Malpensa Airport to Lisbon on 12 August returned from airborne shortly after take off due to a technical issue with one of the engines.”

Passengers were provided an alternative flight.

In George’s Point of View

I don’t make a lot of comments, due to my copious free time, but I can’t resist. In the meantime while waiting for the updates, we are considering shipping easyJet some Superglue, or maybe a certified mechanic or two. In the words of mechanics everywhere, lefty loosie, righty tighty. I am no mechanic, but this smells to me like…dare I say it…

Maintenance! Maintenance! Maintenance!

Not to make light of the situation though–airline safety is no joke. We expect there will be public updates about the investigation into this incident.

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Caribbean Airlines Makes Emergency Landing at Piarco International Airport

What: Caribbean Airlines ATR 72 en route from Trinidad/Tobago to Caracas
Where: Piarco International Airport Trinidad and Tobago
When: October 25, 2012
Who: Four crew, 48 passengers
Why: On takeoff, a panel on the plane became detached. One source identified the detached part as an engine panel. Another source called it an “exterior panel.” A third source indicated there was debris on the runway.

The pilot dealt with an engine fire indication, and returned to the airport to make a safe landing with emergency services on standby. Passengers disembarked and the panel was examined.

Passengers were provided an alternative flight which left at 10:00 a.m.

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Flat Tire at Patna

What: Air India Airbus A320-200 en route from Delhi to Patna
Where: Patna
When: Oct 26 2010
Why: A runway inspection indicated a runway inspection at Delhi indicated debris on the runway, and that on takeoff, several runway edge lights had been destroyed, presumably from the takeoff of the Air India Airbus A320-200. The runway had to be closed for repairs.

On landing at Patna, a tire burst on the Airbus. It is presumed that the runway edge lights may have caused some preliminary damage to the tires.

George’s Point of View

*Note to pilot: repeat 3 x: runway lights are not speed bumps.

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