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Isn't there something that informs the pilot that the plane is missing a tire/wheel or that it weighs less than it should?

Asked by flo (10166points) April 19th, 2017

An Airbus A330 (or is it a Boeng? Different articles say different things) was missing a wheel (or is it a tire?) but landed safely somehow, and the pilot didn’t even know till he landed. What happened? Is it the software on the dashboard that was out of order?
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3350421/miracle-as-plane-lands-safely-at-heathrow-despite-losing-a-wheel-before-take-off-without-anyone-noticing/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/air-canada-flight-wheel-montreal-london-1.4073463

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Nothing I know of for a missing . . . or the plane is lighter than it should be.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Of course they have sensors. I have to research this a little more carefully. The article itself seems iffy. The headline reads Miracle as plane lands safely at Heathrow despite losing a WHEEL ****before take-off**** without anyone noticing” But in the body it says it was lost mid flight.

The weight changing would be useless, unless it was weighed after it was fully loaded and before takeoff.

filmfann's avatar

I remember when the Space Shuttle broke apart on reentry, one of the first sensors to alert NASA of a problem was a tire inflation sensor.
I doubt passenger flights have that.

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