What: Sol Linéas Aéreas Saab 340A en route from Mendoza to Neuquén to Comodoro Rivadavia.
Where: El Plumerillo airport, Mendoza Argentina
When: Jan 2, 2013
Who: 33 aboard, 30 passengers, 3 crew, no fatalities
Why: On takeoff, the Sol Linéas Aéreas flight exited the runway with a jammed wheel.
A wing touched the ground and a propeller broke. While there was damage to the plane, and no fatalities, the passengers were reported as being in a panic, with women and children screaming and one person possibly having a nervous breakdown.
To paraphrase Sol’s statement:
“The aircraft performed maneuvers 8R5420 taxiway but transitioned off the track and had to interrupt operation.
Emergency services were available. Passengers were provided another Aerolineas flight. Many passengers praised the pilot for handling a dangerous situation that resulted in no injuries reported.
Passengers said they were told a locked wheel caused them to end up on the grass.