Flat tire stops Air Force plane from taking off


Who said only cars have flat tires?

A Philippine Air Force (PAF) F-27 Fokker plane was about to take off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday but its flight was aborted because of a flat tire.

“It was taxiing to runway 06 when the pilots noticed an unusual forward movement of the aircraft prompting them to inform tower to inspect the aircraft as per procedure. It was upon this instance that the crew noticed the flat tire,” Air Force spokesman Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said.

The transport aircraft of the 220th Airlift Wing, which was headed for Lagindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental, was carrying government personnel who were supposed to inspect the airport.

A maintenance team from the 220th Air Wing towed it back to the hangar, clearing the runway by 8:30 a.m.

Okol said the incident did not affect any commercial flight.

He added that it was not unusual for a plane to get a flat tire, having experienced a similar incident when he was an active air force pilot.

“It’s just like asking if it is unusual for a car to get a flat tire. It’s just the same (for a plane). It happens. It happened to me when I was still flying a S211 (trainer jet),” Okol said.

He said an investigation would be made to determine the cause of the flat tire.


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