Boeing Dreamlifter plane’s 220-pound tire falls off shortly after takeoff [Watch]

A Boeing 747 Dreamliner lost one of its main landing gear tires seconds after takeoff from the airport, weighing about 100 kg (220 pounds).

The Boeing Dreamlifter, the longest cargo plane in the world, took off from Taranto-Grottaglie Airport (TAR) in Italy on Tuesday at 2:14 p.m. local time by the US cargo airline Atlas Air (5Y). As the 180-ton cargo jet flew a few feet off the ground, one of its training wheels reportedly fell to the ground.

The unprecedented moment was caught on camera and shared online.

The video shows the wheel falling from the plane to the ground. Also, a plume of black smoke shoots out of the landing gear before it eventually falls to the ground.

As the video went viral on social media, so did users questioned the ground engineer for negligence in pre-flight checks.

“A mechanic needs to be fired!!” wrote one of the Twitter users responding to the video.

“Just a good landing. I’m glad they landed safely.” noticed Another.

According to a statement from Boeing, the plane landed safely at Charleston International Airport in South Carolina after losing its wheel, media outlet NDTV reported.

“An Atlas Air operated Dreamlifter cargo flight landed safely at Charleston International Airport this morning after losing a wheel assembly from its landing gear while taking off from Taranto-Grottaglie Airport in Italy this morning. We will assist our operator’s investigation,” a Boeing spokesman said.

Authorities found the wheel in a nearby vineyard near Italy’s airport and no injuries were reported in the incident, the outlet added.

The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter is a modified version of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft used to transport heavy cargo. According to Boeing, the Dreamlifter, which made its maiden flight in September 2006, is not certified to carry passengers.

In another separate incident, an Alaska Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing after parts of the plane’s engine ruptured. One of the passengers captured video of the moment when the plane’s fairing (a removable metal cover covering the engine) detached from the plane, revealing the interior.

After the damage was discovered, pilots turned the plane to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and landed it safely.

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