Comair B734 at Johannesburg on Dec 6th 2016, dropped wheel on landing
Last Update: February 16, 2017 / 19:35:13 GMT/Zulu time
South Africa's CAA (SACAA) reported on Jan 16th 2017 that the crew reported the #3 main separated from the aircraft on landing in Johannesburg. South Africa's Accident and Investigation Office opened an investigation.
The occurrence aircraft resumed service after 72 hours on the ground.
On Feb 16th 2017 the SACAA released their preliminary report stating that the #3 main wheel detached during the landing roll, the crew remained unaware until Tower told them about seeing the wheel depart the aircraft, the aircraft handling remained unaffected. The crew vacated the runway via taxiway RS and stopped on taxiway Y. After visual examination by emergency services the aircraft taxied to the apron. The aircraft had landed with flaps at 40 degrees and auto-brakes disengaged, light braking was done until turning off at taxiway RS. The retainer ring was found broken and the axle nut had come loose. The #3 wheel assembly had been replaced during maintenance on Nov 29th 2016.
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