British Airways A380 plane lands with square tire baffling aviation experts

Published on : Thursday, May 12, 2016

aviationA British Airways Airbus A380 set off from Hong Kong on May 5 with 22 round wheels has reached at London Heathrow with a bizarre square-shaped tire.



Aviation experts have been left baffled by the misshapen deflated wheel whose image was uncovered by an aviation news site and reported that A380-800 received a tyre pressure warning on take-off.



The flight was from Hong Kong to London Heathrow on a 13-hour journey and the crew continued with the flight but requested that a tow tug be available at the London airport in case the aircraft was unable to taxi to the gate by itself.



The plane landed safely on runway 09L after 13 hours and was able to taxi to the gate without assistance. It was then discovered that the right outboard tire had deflated both top and bottom, creating a curious four-cornered shape.




The Civil Aviation Authority described the incident as ‘curious’, and one of the serving pilots said that the tyre probably detached from the wheel on landing but is not sure how it could have occurred. An aviation safety expert from the Royal Aeronautical Society said the square tyre was ‘a bit mysterious’. The square shape might be due to how the weight of the Airbus A380 distributes itself on a deflated tire.




A serving airline captain stressed that the aircraft was never in danger and same was quoted by British Airways. The A380, like the other large commercial aircrafts, are designed to land safely even with a deflated tyre. The engineers had changed the tyre and the aircraft went back into service effectively.

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2 Responses to British Airways A380 plane lands with square tire baffling aviation experts

  1. Kamaal Ahmed says:

    Presume because the Aviation Industry has increased in leaps and bounds that we are hearing some odd occurrences or the other practically every day !!!!!!! I am sure retrospective action has been taken already.

  2. Jim Foreman says:

    No mystery at all, the tire had a leak which let all the air out at 30,000 feet then when they let down to sea level to land, the ambient air pressure crushed the tire. It’s as if they had put a -12 psi vacuum on it. Remember the lesson in high school science class when they heated the air in a varnish can, screwed the lid on tightly and the can was crushed as the air inside it cooled. Same principle.

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