Germany-bound jet bursts two tyres on take-off
20 April 2005, HONG KONG - More than 20 flights were delayed on Wednesday after two tyres on a Germany-bound Cathay Pacific jumbo jet carrying 350 passengers shredded as it was about to take off from Hong Kong.
20 April 2005
HONG KONG - More than 20 flights were delayed on Wednesday after two tyres on a Germany-bound Cathay Pacific jumbo jet carrying 350 passengers shredded as it was about to take off from Hong Kong.
The pilot of flight CX289 to Frankfurt was forced to abandon takeoff when the two tyres of the left-hand side of the Boeing 747-400 burst as he accelerated down the southern runway.
Cathay Pacific spokeswoman Carolyn Leung said the plane was travelling at 60 knots, around 110 kilometres an hour, when the tyres blew. But it was comfortably below the 100-knot speed at which take-off cannot be aborted.
The southern runway was closed for 28 minutes and more than 20 flights were delayed as the plane's tyres were replaced and workers cleared the debris from the runway.
Seventeen outgoing flights were delayed by the closure and six inbound flights, including one Dragonair flight which had to be diverted to Macau, a spokeswoman for the Airport Authority said.
No one was hurt in the incident and the passengers and crew from the Cathay flight, which had been due to take off at 12:01 am Wednesday, were transferred to another plane.
Cathay Pacific engineers were checking the Boeing plane involved in the incident to find out what caused the tyres to burst.
Cathay Pacific this week announced it was adding three more flights a week to Frankfurt this summer and will now fly to the German city 10 times a week.
Subject: German news