Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

A ‘Boeing’ aircraft operated by South African airline ‘FlySafair’ encountered a technical issue after taking off from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, heading to Cape Town, as it lost one of its rear wheels.

Airport staff told the crew there was noticeable damage to the rear wheel immediately after takeoff, but the plane was able to safely return to the starting point after a two-and-a-half-hour flight.

Airline spokesman Kirby Gordon noted that the Boeing 737 was capable of handling such breakdowns and that the decision to return to Johannesburg was a precaution.

Before landing, the plane maneuvered over the airport to allow technical teams to visually assess the situation, making sure one of the wheels had veered off course.

The company explained that the damaged wheel was part of the left rear landing support, one of a continuous pair.

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