Updated Jan 24, 2024 - Economy

Delta Boeing 757 lost nose wheel just before takeoff, FAA says

A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 at Los Angeles international Airport in July 2022.

A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 at Los Angeles international Airport in July 2022. Photo: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

A Boeing jet operated by Delta Airlines lost a wheel on its nose landing gear as it was preparing to take off on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a preliminary report.

Why it matters: While the incident is unrelated to ongoing, high-profile issues with Boeing's 737 Max 9 planes, it did involve a 757 aircraft produced by the aerospace giant amid heavy scrutiny against the company.

What they're saying: The FAA said the wheel fell off and rolled down a hill as the plane, tail number N672DL, was waiting for takeoff clearance from air traffic control. The aircraft returned to service the next day, a Delta spokesperson told Axios via email.

  • 172 people were aboard at the time of the incident, none of whom were injured, the spokesperson said. The incident occurred when a nose gear tire came loose from the landing gear.
  • Passengers and their bags and their bags were removed from the flight and transferred to another plane to complete their flight from Atlanta to Bogotá, Colombia.
  • "We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience," the spokesperson said.

The big picture: The plane's history record provided by FlightAware indicated that it's been in service since 1992.

  • In audio posted by VASAviation, air traffic control can be heard telling an unidentified pilot that the plane had lost a wheel and would be tugged off the runway.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional comment from a Delta spokesperson.

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