ATLANTA- On Tuesday (23 Jan 2024), the FAA announced its intention to investigate an incident in which a tire from the front nose of a Delta Air Lines (DL) Boeing 757 detached and rolled down an embankment at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Georgia.
The occurrence took place around 11:15 a.m. local time on Saturday while Delta Flight DL982 was taxiing for takeoff to Bogota, Colombia.
Delta 757 Loses Wheel
In air traffic control audio featured in the FAA report, a controller notifies the pilot, stating, “One of your nose tires just came off; it just rolled off the runway behind you.”
The report indicates that the tire landed on the south side of the runway, down an embankment. Following the incident, passengers and their luggage were transported back to the terminal via buses, causing a delay in departure.
However, the passengers were subsequently accommodated on another aircraft to reach their destination. The FAA confirmed that no injuries were reported in connection with the incident.
Delta Official Remarks
On Tuesday, Delta issued an apology “to our customers for the inconvenience” in response to the Boeing incident. This development follows closely on the heels of a recent occurrence where a mid-cabin door plug detached during the ascent of an Alaska Airlines (AS) Boeing 737 Max 9.
Additionally, just days prior, the FAA recommended flight operators inspect another model of Boeing airplanes.
The incident involving the Alaska Airlines plane occurred on January 5, when the door plug dislodged after takeoff from Portland en route to Ontario, California. Flight 1282 carried six crew members and 171 passengers.
The cabin experienced depressurization shortly after takeoff, prompting the pilots to request an emergency landing, as documented in the air traffic control call transcript from LiveATC.net.
Several days later, the door was located, and the NTSB is currently conducting an investigation into the incident.
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