Wheel falls off Air Canada plane, pilot does not notice until after landing

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”.

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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”.

 

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