emergency landing at Birmingham - question

(10 Posts)
SvalbardianPenguin Mon 29-Aug-16 19:17:15

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37214603

I'm confused, though I'm no plane expert.

How can a passenger on an Embraer 175 look out of the window of the plane and see that one of the tyres has burst? Surely they are out of sight from the plane?

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Mon 29-Aug-16 19:19:24

From some seats on those planes you can see the wheels when they are down. It would have been possible to see the burst tyre.

Barham2016 Tue 30-Aug-16 15:12:24

The Embraer 173 have high wings and the rear wheel come down from the wings,

cdtaylornats Tue 30-Aug-16 20:43:21

A passenger on an Embraer 175 couldn't see the tyres. However a passenger on a Bombardier Dash-8 which is the aircraft in the picture can

VoyageOfDad Tue 30-Aug-16 20:45:37

I would have thought they have sensors in the tyres that alerts the crew.

cdtaylornats Tue 30-Aug-16 21:12:32

There are pressure sensors in the tyres and the crew might well have seen it. The cabin crew have no access to the sensors though.

The fact the gear hadn't been retracted does suggest the flight crew were aware and were probably deciding on the course of action.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Tue 30-Aug-16 21:21:56

The photo halfway down the BBC story is taken through the window by a passenger on the plane while it's in flight. Assuming flybe haven't discovered some new money-making ruse I think he was probably in it grin

They aren't in a very different position from on the Dash-8

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Tue 30-Aug-16 21:26:35

Actually it is a Dash 8 isn't it? Which would be why it looks like one.

cdtaylornats Wed 31-Aug-16 07:48:28

An Embraer 175 looks like this

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Wed 31-Aug-16 20:28:23

Which is not the plane with the burst tyre in the BBC story.

The plane with the burst tyre that landed at Birminghm was a Dash-8 not an Embraer, which explains why the passengers could see the tyre.

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