Plane fire blamed on tyre separation

2012-11-13 11:05
Johannesburg  - A chartered Boeing MD-82 airplane aborted its takeoff on Tuesday after landing gear caught fire when its tyre came off its mount, officials said.

No one was injured.

Rescuers and emergency workers quickly surrounded the plane which had 106 people on board, Batyashe-Fillis said. The plane had been bound for Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, she said.

Global Aviation Operations, which flies charter flights throughout Africa, blamed the fire on a "tyre separation".

The Global Aviation Operations Ltd flight was attempting to leave OR Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg when one of its pilots saw the landing gear on fire, said Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, a spokesperson for the Airports Company South Africa. The pilot halted the takeoff and stopped the plane on one of the runways at South Africa's busiest airport, temporarily closing one of its runways. The runway was due to reopen at 10:00 but at 11.45 it was still closed due to a Civil Aviation Authority inspection.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-82, a jet aircraft often used by airlines for middle-distance flights, is a model owned by Boeing Co. McDonnell Douglas had stopped production of all but one of the models in the series when Boeing bought its smaller rival in 1997, and it closed down that line two years later to focus on newer models of its own popular midrange jet, the 737.

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