Icelandair B752 at Keflavik on May 18th 2012, dropped wheel on departure

Last Update: May 18, 2012 / 22:26:32 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 18, 2012

Airline
Icelandair

Flight number
FI-689

Aircraft Registration
TF-FIJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 757-200

ICAO Type Designator
B752

An Icelandair Boeing 757-200, registration TF-FIJ performing flight FI-689 from Keflavik (Iceland) to Orlando,FL (USA) with 191 passengers, was enroute over the Atlantic Ocean about one hour into the flight when the crew decided to return to Keflavik after being informed that what appeared to be a main wheel off the 757's landing gear was found at the departure runway 20. The aircraft burned off fuel, performed a low approach to Keflavik's runway 11 about 2.5 hours after departure at 19:56L (19:56Z), a wheel was confirmed missing, and held to burn off more fuel while preparing to land. The aircraft landed safely on runway 11 at 21:17L (21:17Z) and stopped on the runway. The aircraft was towed to the apron, the passengers disembarked normally.

Icelandic TV pictures show the left aft outboard main wheel missing, a few sparks within a large cloud of spray off the wet runway were seen from the gear during rollout.

Keflavik Airport had issued a major alert also calling emergency services around the airport in to assist at the airport.

Iceland's Civil Aviation Authority reported one of the main wheels was found near the runway, the wheel has been confirmed to belong to TF-FIJ. The damage was assessed, a normal landing is expected despite the damage.

The airline reported the aircraft returned to Keflavik after a wheel was found at the runway. One of the main wheels was verified to be missing from the aircraft. The landing went without problems as expected, the passengers will be sent onto their way on a replacement aircraft, that is already ready for departure. Medical assistance and counceling has been offered to the passengers.

Metars:
BIKF 182130Z 09012KT 9999 -RA FEW013 SCT026 BKN035 03/01 Q1012
BIKF 182100Z 10015KT 9999 -RA FEW010 SCT026 BKN033 04/01 Q1012
BIKF 182030Z 11013KT 9999 VCSH FEW013 BKN026 OVC039 04/00 Q1013
BIKF 182000Z 10014KT 9999 -RA FEW018 BKN029 OVC042 04/01 Q1013
BIKF 181930Z 11015KT 9999 FEW022 BKN035 OVC046 04/00 Q1013
BIKF 181900Z 11015KT 9999 FEW022 SCT029 BKN037 04/00 Q1013
BIKF 181830Z 11015KT 9999 FEW035 OVC046 05/M01 Q1013
BIKF 181800Z 12016KT 9999 FEW035 OVC048 05/M01 Q1013
BIKF 181730Z 13014KT 9999 SCT035 BKN048 05/M01 Q1013
BIKF 181700Z 13014KT 9999 SCT032 BKN046 05/M01 Q1014
BIKF 181630Z 12013KT 9999 SCT032 BKN046 05/00 Q1014
BIKF 181600Z 13014KT 9999 FEW030 BKN042 BKN050 05/00 Q1015
BIKF 181530Z 14012KT 9999 FEW025 SCT044 BKN050 05/00 Q1015
BIKF 181500Z 14014KT 9999 FEW029 BKN050 OVC070 05/00 Q1016
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 18, 2012

Airline
Icelandair

Flight number
FI-689

Aircraft Registration
TF-FIJ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 757-200

ICAO Type Designator
B752

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