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Nok Air Flight Loses Wheel But Lands Safely

Thursday, May 30, 2013
PHUKET: A wheel detached from a Nok Air flight as it touched down at Thailand's Chiang Rai Airport today but the pilot managed to control the aircraft.

Investigations into the cause of the incident are underway today after the Boeing 737-800, carrying 162 passengers and crew, encountered a problem on landing.

The Nok Air flight DD 8714 left Bangkok's Don Muang Airport at 8.05am and touched down at Chiang Rai at 9.15am.

Initial reports say the tyre detached from the wheel but the pilot managed to continue the landing and bring the aircraft to a halt on the tarmac.

An airline spokesperson said later that there was no danger and many passengers were unaware of the tyre breaking free. A loose bolt is being blamed.

Nok Air is a low-cost carrier that mostly flies to destinations within Thailand and is popular with Phuket travellers.

The airline proposes expanding into Burma and flights between Bangkok and Ranong commenced on May 15.


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Nok, Nok, who's there?

Posted by Ged on May 30, 2013 16:46


In previous similar incidents it's mostly been blamed on a missing locking pin, suggesting sloppy maintenance work.
Strict maintenance procedures are in place to make sure luck does not even enter the equation.

Posted by Ed on May 30, 2013 17:42


Nok Air maintenance is performed by Thai Airways technical staff. It will be interesting to hear what Thai Airways technical services has to say.

Posted by Ryan on May 31, 2013 07:25

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