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Boeing 747 loses wheel above Linz

The Local · 15 Jul 2014, 09:55

Published: 15 Jul 2014 09:55 GMT+02:00

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At first he thought it was a wheel from a tractor, but then identified it as coming from an aircraft, according to a report in the news daily Kronen Zeitung.  

"From the dimensions of the wheel, it was a giant bird, probably a Boeing 747", said Niklas Salm-Reifferscheidt, which was confirmed by the national air traffic control body, Austro Control.

The likeliest explanation is that the wheel, with a diameter of 1.25 metres, was lost from the Jumbo in the air, and literally fell from the sky.

"It was very lucky that no one was hurt, because a heavy wheel like that would go cleanly through the roof of a house", said Salm-Reifferscheidt.

The incident is being investigated by the independent air accident commission of the Ministry of Transport.  According to an experienced pilot, on a global basis there are at least two such incidents per year of planes losing one of their wheels.

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The Hörsching international airport is 30 km from the find.  Experts believe that the exact aircraft type and airline can be discovered based on the wheel's serial number.

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