Boeing 747-41R, G-VROC, 28 October 2009

Boeing 747-41R, G-VROC


During the takeoff roll, after passing V1 decision speed, the flight crew heard a “large thud”, which was followed by moderate lateral vibrations and vibrations felt through the control column and rudder pedals. The flight crew continued the takeoff and landed safely at their destination. An investigation revealed that the No 14 tyre had burst during the takeoff ground roll at approximately 160 kt. The evidence indicated that the tyre probably burst when it ran over a foreign object. However, no foreign object was found and due to the missing tyre material, the nature of this object could not be determined.

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