Nearly 300 passengers on an Air Canada Boeing-777 flight are lucky to be alive.
According to the National Post, “Flight AC 864 took off at 7:45 pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport with 294 passengers on board. As it was accelerating to a cruising speed of 905 km/h, the wheel bearing, which keeps the hub and tire together, collapsed. Before long, the whole wheel had snapped off and was sent flying while the aircraft continued its upward trajectory”.
The UK’s Sun newspaper reports that “the captain still managed to land the Boeing 777-300 without a problem and there were no injuries” and that “the missing wheel was later found embedded in a fence a few miles from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in Montreal”.