Aircraft wheel catches fire at OR Tambo

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A Global Aviation charter plane‚ carrying 120 passengers and seven crew members‚ aborted takeoff at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning after discovering one of its wheels had caught fire. There were no injuries.

“The plane had taken off at 7.15am this morning but immediately aborted‚ we had emergency rescue and fire teams at the scene at 7.18am to extinguish the fire‚” for the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokeswoman Unathi Hills said.

Hills said a runway had been closed due as workers were still clearing it from debris but it should resume functioning after 10am.

“The biggest delay we have had today due to the incident was approximately five minutes‚” she said.

An investigation will take place to determine the causes of the incident. - I-Net Bridge

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