According to air traffic control audio posted online, a Delta Air Lines flight aboard a Boeing aircraft lost its nose tire moments before it was set to take off from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
It has been reported that one of the nose wheels of the Delta Boeing 757 bound for Bogota, Colombia, came loose while taxiing on the runway, and it rolled off the runway behind the aeroplane and down an embankment, according to audio posted online by the company.
As a result of the incident, other pilots from another plane alerted the control tower to the fact that something was not right.
“The 75 on the runway just lost the nose tire,” according to a pilot, who was identified over the radio as being on the plane behind the Boeing 757 that lost its nose tire.
“Thanks for that … sounds like we got a problem,” the 757 pilot declared.
“Yeah, we saw that tire roll off the runway to the south. Looks like it went off the runway, probably down the bank down there,” the other pilot replied.
Air traffic control and the pilots can be heard discussing how to dispatch a maintenance crew onto the runway to locate one of the tires as other aircrafts preparing for takeoff were waiting behind the disabled aircraft.
The incident took place last Saturday.