LITHUANIA- Vilnius Airport in Lithuania experienced a temporary closure of its operations on Wednesday, 21 June, around 16:20 local time, following an incident involving a Brussels Airlines Airbus A320 losing its inner main landing gear wheel.
The aircraft, registered as OO-SNI, lost its left inner main gear while lining up on the departure runway for flight SN2372 bound for Brussels, Belgium.
Brussels Airlines Loses Wheel
The incident led to the blockage of the taxiway, compelling several aircraft to divert to alternative airports such as Kaunas, Riga, and Helsinki. Upon learning of the situation, a LOT Polish Airlines flight reversed its course and returned to Warsaw.
According to a passenger onboard, the wheel detached with a sudden explosion, resulting in tire fragments scattering. Initially, passengers were instructed to remain in their seats, but the ground crew promptly arrived, ensuring a safe evacuation for everyone onboard the aircraft.
Passengers were received by ground staff and are scheduled to depart for Belgium on another plane, expected to take off around midnight.
The airport representative stated on social media, “A technical assessment is currently underway, and preparations are being made to remove the aircraft from the taxiway. The runway at Vilnius Airport will remain closed until 21:00 local time.”
Passengers are advised to stay updated through information displayed on billboards and the official website of Vilnius Airport.
Scoot Boeing 787 Missing Nose Wheel Incident
The Singapore Airlines (SQ) low-cost subsidiary Scoot Airlines (TR) Seoul-Taiwan flight, operated by a Boeing 787 aircraft, experienced a missing nose wheel upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The TR897 flight departed from Seoul with over 300 passengers on board.
The flight is supposed to continue its journey to Singapore. But is delayed due to the missing nose wheel. Passengers are informed of the delay through the flight number information screen.
Before the descent, abnormal tire pressure levels are detected. Upon landing, it is discovered that the left nose wheel is missing. Further, the axle showed signs of wear.
Scoot Taiwan General Manager Victor Lee did not deny the allegations when questioned about the incident. He confirmed that Scoot has arranged for another aircraft to be dispatched to Taiwan. Further updates would be provided later.
The whereabouts of the missing wheel remains unknown, as no signs of it were found on the runway or taxiway, according to Taoyuan International Airport Corp.
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