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Plane's wheel catches fire at OR Tambo

2012-11-13 08:20

Johannesburg - A Global Aviation charter plane caught fire while it was aborting take off at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning, the Airports Company SA (Acsa) said.

One of its tyres exploded, causing the plane to catch fire, Acsa spokesperson Solomon Makgale said.

The aircraft, destined for Lilongwe, Malawi, was carrying 120 passengers and seven crew.

No injuries were reported and the fire had been extinguished. Only one runway was currently operating at the airport.

Acsa said some flights could be delayed as a result of the accident.

Comments
  • debduplessis - 2012-11-13 08:24

    Didn't the plane just go through a maintenance check & does it not include Tyre checks??? ... or was this skimping part of a cost cutting exercise?

      Barefoot - 2012-11-13 08:29

      one isolated incident then you question quality control - i would like to think this was an accident and they do happen. good that no one was hurt and tyres don't burn every other day.

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-11-13 08:34

      Deb burst tyres can just happen on landing or taking off.If it was an aborted take off heavy braking could have caused the tyre to burst as is quite often happens.So its no cost cutting etc as you say.

      spillies - 2012-11-13 08:35

      Barefoot, this is not an isolated insident, but a frequent occurence in Africa. You will NOT find this kind of thing happening overseas.

      Barefoot - 2012-11-13 09:07

      spillies not happening where? it happens so much that National Geographic had to make documentaries- Air Crash Investigations heard of it? most crashes i hear of in S.A are private light aircrafts unless i'm reading wrong newspapers.

      rdeacon - 2012-11-13 09:15

      Spillies, do yourself a favour and google "Plane Tyre Burst". You may be shocked at the amount of times this happens... at Heathrow, LAX, Gatwick etc.....

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-11-13 12:29

      Spillies On which planet are you ? This type of thing happens everywhere, including the USA and Europe. I suggest you watch some news on Sky, Aljazeera and you know maybe even 403 !

      vuyisan - 2012-11-13 17:54

      @Derek: to add on to what you just said, and there was an object on the runway, that's why that aircraft caught fire and crashed however in this incident we don't have the details of what happened but already some are pointing to maintenance.

      marc.hugo.75 - 2012-11-13 22:49

      LOLs!! Gosh Debbie. It could well have been a new tyre. It wouldn't help or matter. Emergency braking, possibly between V2 and VR, even with Maxaret and every other technology in the book is going to place demands on tyres that are completely unlike the demands on a car or truck. Tyre pressures are 30-35 bar, take-off weights are near max - this happens. Blow-outs are fairly commonplace. Fires less so, but they happen. Depending on the plane, there are other tyres as well as reverse thrust to complete the job of stopping.

  • Khomotso - 2012-11-13 08:33

    Thank God no one was hurt

  • gary.dalton.75286 - 2012-11-13 08:33

    ENCA - Says Cargo plane....Which is it now?

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 08:39

      Its a charter plane.

  • mrsku11 - 2012-11-13 08:41

    Ghost Rider went airborne.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-11-13 08:46

    just a matter of time till theres a major crash, the way this bunch of clowns are carrying on it wont be long before all flights are banned from the civilized western world due to unsafe incidents, banana anyone

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-13 10:27

      And you should be banned due to lack of cognitive ability

      dragonfire47 - 2012-11-13 11:14

      and so should you boltonbarry, retard

      boltonbarry - 2012-11-13 19:50

      NO no is that all you can do. I was expecting something with a little more oomf out of you. You know. Something really derogatory. Going stop typing now so you can Google the word "Derogatory"

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-13 08:47

    OH OOPSIE!!!

  • Silas Hlahla - 2012-11-13 08:51

    only happens to africa my foot! its called self hate! bewildered mindset

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-14 00:20

      Africa don't have tyres.

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-11-13 08:53

    Was there a service delivery protest nearby?

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 08:59

    Very fortunate that the heading explain it better than the atricle. "One of its tyres exploded, causing the plane to catch fire," Must have been one moer of a big tyre.

  • PumaFred - 2012-11-13 09:01

    Tyre failures occur on planes and is why there is more than one. And hello you afropessimists it is not an African thing. Think concorde it crashed in France due to consequence of tyre failure.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-11-13 15:59

      Wrong - it wasnt due to tyre failure. It hit debris left behind from another plane that had taken off in front of it. A small piece of metal which was churned up hitting the tank.. The question that should be asked is was the runway cleaned?

      marius.dumas - 2012-11-13 21:25

      Lynn I do not agree. The Concorde was overweight, fuel transfer overflow tank5, the center of gravity was aft. The flight before it, lost a titanium alloy strip on the runway. The protocol for Concord is always that an inspection of the runway must be conducted as part of the pre-flight inspection. This was not done. On the takeoff run, the wheel struck the metal and the tire burst, a piece of tire of 4.5kg hit the port side wing sending a shock wave that raptures tank5 right above the undercarriage. The fuel leaked out and got ignited by the landing gears electrical system. At the point they became aware, the plane was already passed V1 and had to proceed with rotation as aborting the takeoff run pass v1 is not possible. With intense heat and thin aluminium alloy wing, the port-side wing started to melt, all port-side engines lost power. With high thrust on the starboard-side, the plane bunked sharp to the left. An obvious reaction was that the pilot reduced thrust on the starboard-side to regain control. But the turbojet engines where designed for speed and not thrust, and did not had the power to accelerate the plane without bunking the plane to the left. Thus the plane went into a stall condition where it is to slow for any flight controls to change the orientation of the plane. So the plane drops like a brick. The accident was initiated by a tire burst but it crushed due to many other reasons as well. It's highly unlikely that only a tire failure will crash a plane.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 21:56

      Nice explanation thanks Marius. It next to always is a sequence of events that caused a crash. Most single events can be handeled, as with this tyre blowout, OK second event, fire at the wheel, still not too bad, but things can turn nasty if something els happen like that fuel tank burst on the Concord. Now try and work out what the chances are for that piece of rubber to be big enough and to hit just right for the tank to burst. I've had some real funny things happend in the industry where I worked that caused big or sometimes less trouble. It is unbelievable sometimes how things happen just right to be totaly wrong.

      Jack - 2012-11-14 02:38

      "Tyre failures occur on planes and is why there is more than one" No,not really. There are more than one tyre usually because the aircraft tend to be quite heavy and it helps to split the load over two, four or 6 tyres. Some aircraft (I'm looking at you, Antonov) split it over even more. The fact that you can still make use of the other tyres should one blow is a happy by-product. JAR 25.511(c) through (f) specifically deals with the design conditions for ground loads when one or more tyres are deflated. Pretty interesting read if you can find it.

      marius.dumas - 2012-11-14 14:03

      JackJohnson - I agree with you. My field in engineering is not mechanical but its simple to grasp. There are much more design considerations relating to multi-wheel landing gears than just safety. many safety requirements might be left in the hands of the tire manufacturers even. More wheels distribute the force better, less weight for the total surface contact area, it reduces impact on landing, the rear landing gear of ex. Boeing 747 assist in a smoother landing as the backward tilt of the bogies gradually adds resistance at touch-down reducing impact and reducing bounce. The smaller under carriage also reduces drag and makes it more practical for the wheels to retract into the more compact undercarriage compartments. The smaller but more wheels also reduces the gyro effect of the wheels making them more maneuverable especially for the nose landing gear. The amount and size of wheels is about an optimal balance between all economical, mechanical and aerodynamic factors (and there are many)

      marius.dumas - 2012-11-14 14:10

      However I am sure Velvet Sky had plans for fitting some nice chrome mags, low profiles and some nice shiny spinners on.

      Jack - 2012-11-14 22:19

      @marius.dumas - Thanks for your response, however: "the rear landing gear of ex. Boeing 747 assist in a smoother landing as the backward tilt of the bogies gradually adds resistance at touch-down reducing impact and reducing bounce." No, not really. The bogies are pitched aft-down in order to make the apparent length of the Main Landing Gear longer as this allows the aircraft to land at a higher angle of incidence. The fact that the wings are still carrying a significant part of the load allows the use of this arrangement without overloading the rear set of tyres.

      marius.dumas - 2012-11-15 03:12

      JackJohnson - I have not said it is the reason for the design, I only named one of the advantages. But with your claim about increasing the overall length of the gear to allow a greater pitch at landing makes no sense. The simple reason is that the moment the wheels make contact, the bogie are leveled with the ground while at the same time the plane is still pitched. At the same pitch, less than moments before that the plane was still flying and the landing gear length then does not apply either. If you will increase the pitch only because you have a tilted bogie then the moment that bogie level out on impact, and you will have a tail hit as the height advantage will be gone instantly. Once that wheels make contact your normal gear height will apply and the advantage of the tilted bogies are of no use and that happens almost instantaneously. Impulse however is the period of time with force being applied and the more the time interval is, the less the force on the landing gear for the same impulse. Having more wheels at different levels while the plane is slightly pitched will ensure that all wheels don’t make contact at the same time. So the wheels make contact one pair at a time, pair for pair reducing the force by extending the time interval. This transfers the total kinetic energy component over slower and reduces the impact. The result Is a smoother landing,longer life span and less bounce as the kinetic energy is more effectively absorbed by the structure.

  • monalee.gerber - 2012-11-13 09:16

    My stepdad is one of the pilots. It's got nothing to do with quality controll it was just very bad luck and thank God everyone is ok. They were taking elegal immigrants back to Malawi. To say that the plane caught fire is a little white lie... the weels did catch fir but that is it. It could've been alot worse!!

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 22:00

      Give your stepdad a Bells for handling that one so well. I asked a sister of a hostes down below to tell her to give him a nice smile too.

  • mashudu.ndou.3 - 2012-11-13 09:30

    Thanks GOD no Injuries!

  • jennifer.dutoit.31 - 2012-11-13 09:53

    Why was it aborting take off? not because of a burst tyre, there must have been something else wrong with the plane.

  • moropobennet.matsha - 2012-11-13 10:09

    thangs god no one is injat.

  • baudoux1 - 2012-11-13 11:09

    Incredible amount of aviation experts around these days...

  • mfanah.radebe - 2012-11-13 11:32

    They're not telling the full story,why it was aborting the take off ?1

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 15:23

      You may have a point there, and the tire blow on "braking to hard for it to handle", or maybe it blows and that was the reason for the abort. I think it must be a split second desicion for the pilot on a burst tire to go or not to go when you got runway behind and altitude on top. Again, the type of aircraft will play big time in that decision. Personaly I'll rather go for the emergency stop than the emergency landing, but The length of runway ahead and speed will probably decide that for you. I'm no expert, so I'm just milling the situation over some.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 18:29

      Thanks Indiana. I can think where V1 will be, even if I do not know the flyboy terms. I think I want a Fiesler Storg. (Spell)

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 22:01

      INDIANA!!!!! what happen to your comment????

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-11-13 12:02

    This really was a none event. Brake, not wheel, fires and burst tyres are an everyday event in the world of aviation. With military jets and their very high landing speeds, they are even more common.

  • joe.muhr.14 - 2012-11-13 12:47

    I would just like to know: did the thought ever even cross the mind of the author of this article that maybe, just MAYBE, some of us aviation enthusiasts out there would be interested in knowing the make & model of the plane? They're not just all anonymous long tubes with flat "wingy" things sticking out the side, you know.

  • amanda.terblans - 2012-11-13 13:11

    Hotwheels !!! thank goodness nobody was hurt .

  • richelle.vuuren - 2012-11-13 14:02

    My sister was on the aircraft (hostess) - it was a new tyre which was put on yesterday. They are investigating.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 21:09

      She better give the pilot at least a nice smile for handling the situation that well. Tyres are tyres and they are made by people. Even new ones can fail, sometimes with some help from a piece of crap on the road/runway, whatever. Just good nobody got hurt.

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-13 15:58

    The tyre was made in China.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-11-13 16:56

    Kobie and Tamlin. Is it that hard to have an opinion without insulting one another. Tamlin it really sounds like you have just started out with your pilot career and now think that every one around you is an idiot. Just because you know something doesn't not give you the right to call other people idiots. If you really did know anything beyond your basic PPL lessons you would have been able to educate people instead of trying to make other people look stoopid to make yourself look more intelligent. It seems like you are a nit picking ill tempered ill mannered adolescent and if this is your nature please please tell me where you are flying so that I can keep clear of what ever air space you are in as your hot headed attitude will probably cause some incident somewhere. I pray to God that you are not an instructor. But I have this feeling in my butt that it has landed you in trouble before.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 21:20

      I see some selective comments was removed on the above conversations. :-) Us Afrikaans guys can take the flack but that is why I love to stir sh.. here on the English side. Afrikaans side you get klaped silly one time, no fun. :-(

  • bongile.langa - 2012-11-13 17:32

    And how do ell-trained experts in this field miss out a faulty tyre????

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 17:57

    They keep on removing my calculation result explanation!!!!!!! Njaaaaaa, snif snif, snort, njaaaaaaaa snik snif.

  • cjhellyar - 2012-11-13 19:58

    Un fortunately the comments I made seem to have been removed.The rheoric and rudeness of the replies that are up now beggars description and would not really be of much use to any one.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-11-13 22:04

      Eish, maybe they could not pronounce your name. Are you Scandinavic?..... Sorry, could not help myself. :-(

      marius.dumas - 2012-11-14 12:54

      It is true, It appears that some person at NEWS24 take it upon them selves to delete comments and manipulate the readers opinions that way. I regard it as highly unethical.

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