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Plane Loses Wheel at RDU, Lands Safely in Charlotte

Posted February 21, 1996 6:00 a.m. EST

— February 22, 1996 - 9:59 a.m. EST

Listen to passengers describe the emergency landing:

  • Cathy Strickland:aufile.
  • Fred Johnson:aufile.

    A USAir Fokker 100 jet that lost a left inside wheel on takeoff Thursday morning at Raleigh-Durham International landed safely in Charlotte.

    Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority spokeswoman Teresa Damiano says Flight 1543 had 66 people on board. After determining that four other wheels were working, a decision was made to have the jet fly on to its next destination -- Charlotte.

    Emergency crews were called out to Charlotte-Douglas, but weren't needed.

    Damiano says an airport crew picked up the wheel and is turning the situation over to USAir maintenance