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Delta Air Lines Plane Loses Front Tire Just Before Takeoff

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A Delta Air Lines flight lost a tire on the front landing gear it was taxiing for departure in Atlanta.
A Delta Air Lines flight lost a tire on the front landing gear it was taxiing for departure in Atlanta. (Archive)

On Saturday, a Delta Air Lines flight faced an unexpected situation as it was taxiing for departure in Atlanta. The aircraft, identified as Delta Flight 982 bound for Bogota, lost a tire on its front landing gear. A recording from the VASAviation YouTube page captured the moment when the incident was reported to the tower by the pilot of the plane following Delta Flight 982.

The pilots of the incident aircraft informed the tower, saying, “Tower, sounds like we’ve got a problem.” In response to the incident, Delta released a statement explaining that all passengers and their belongings were safely removed from the aircraft. They were then transferred to the gate and accommodated on a replacement aircraft. Delta apologized to its customers for any inconvenience caused.

The airline reported that the incident is currently under investigation. The affected plane underwent repairs and was back in service on Sunday. Flight 982 was originally operated by a 32-year-old Boeing 757, according to FlightRadar24 and Planespotters.net.

Despite recent scrutiny on Boeing due to an Alaska Airlines incident, the 757 family of aircraft, including the one involved in this incident, is not linked to the company’s current challenges. Additionally, Delta Air Lines does not operate any of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft that have been the focus of attention.

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