Following Tuesday morning’s takeoff from Taranto in southern Italy, a wheel fell off a giant Boeing Co. cargo jet.
The video posted on Twitter shows black smoke billowing out of the Dreamlifter’s undercarriage at high speed and a wheel like a giant bowling ball bouncing as it flew towards the runway before bouncing away again.
The aircraft, operated by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc., landed safely at Charleston, South Carolina, Boeing production facility about 11 hours later.
As a result of the footage, more than 10,000 users tracked the flight’s journey, according to data from Flightradar24.
This incident is still under investigation, and the cause is not yet known. Boeing has confirmed that it will support Atlas Air in its investigation, according to a spokesperson for the company. In response to an inquiry for comment, Atlas Air has not yet responded to the request.
The Boeing Dreamlifter is a modified version of the Boeing 747-400, which is mainly used to transport parts and materials for the Boeing 787 aircraft manufactured by the Arlington, Virginia-based company. In spite of the fact that it is slightly smaller than the Airbus 380, which is the largest passenger jet in the world, the Dreamlifter is still regarded as one of the largest cargo planes in the world by its size.
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