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Published on : Thursday, May 12, 2016
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.