Passenger Jet Narrowly Escapes Disaster

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( – In a spine-chilling moment that could have ended in tragedy, a Delta Air Lines Boeing 757 jet recently experienced an alarming problem when it lost a nose wheel while getting ready for takeoff.

This happened as Delta Flight 982 was preparing to fly from Atlanta to Bogota, Colombia. The incident occurred at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Interestingly, the plane is quite old, with 32 years in service. Despite the aircraft’s age, this incident has brought additional scrutiny over Boeing, a leading aircraft manufacturer in the U.S., especially given recent concerns about the safety of some of its newer models.

Delta responded promptly to the situation, saying, “All customers and their bags were removed from the aircraft, transferred to the gate and onto a replacement aircraft.” The airline apologized for the inconvenience caused to their passengers. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and a Delta spokesperson informed The Associated Press that the plane was fitted with new tires and returned to service the next day.

The flight had a total of 172 passengers on board, along with two pilots and four flight attendants. When The AP reached out to Boeing for comment, the company did not provide further details. Boeing stopped producing the 757 model nearly two decades ago.

This incident adds to a series of recent problems involving Boeing planes. Notably, there were two tragic crashes of Boeing Max 8 planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019, resulting in the deaths of 346 people.

Earlier in the month, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 jetliner had a door plug blow off mid-flight, creating a large hole in the aircraft’s side. Following this, Alaska Airlines and United discovered issues with loose bolts and other problems in the panel doors of some Max 9s.

Boeing’s CEO, Dave Calhoun, visited Washington, D.C., to discuss the safety of the Max 9 with lawmakers. This meeting took place amid ongoing investigations by regulators and widespread criticism of Boeing’s safety practices in the aviation industry.