A wheel fell off the front of a Virgin Blue aircraft and rolled down the tarmac at Melbourne Airport at the weekend, moments before the plane was due to take off. Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association national secretary Stephen Purvinas said a corroded front axle led to one of the Boeing 737's two front wheels becoming loose about 8am on Saturday. "A wheel came off the nose of the aircraft. We believe it was noticed by another aircraft in the vicinity who radioed through and told the Virgin driver to get his aircraft back to the base to get it checked properly," Mr Purvinas told Radio 3AW.
Isn't that lovely for passengers? In the vid, a spokesman played it down, in a deadpan voice, as if it were just one of those things. As in, "Just one of those things when you're thinking of coming in to land."
One of those things. [This post is part of #silly week.]