A British Airways A380 with a square tyre has aviation experts scratching their heads.
Nobody seems to know quite how it happened. The tyre was not only flat when the plane landed in London, it was square.
The Aviation Herald, Simon Hradecky’s renowned and authoritative online publication, records that the plane, an A380-800 operating flight BA32 from Hong Kong to London Heathrow was climbing out of Hong Kong when the crew received a tyre pressure indication.
The crew decided to press on to London and requested a tow tug be present on landing in case the aircraft couldn’t taxi on its own. In the event, the plane landed safely at Heathrow and taxied to the gate.
The shape of the damaged tyre has caused no end of conjecture. The original of the photo does not exhibit any indication of Photoshopping, the Aviation Herald noted.
Britain’s Daily Mail contacted a UK Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson for an opinion.
“It’s a curious one,” the learned source declared. “Not seen anything like it before.”
British Airways confirmed that the A380, in common with other large commercial aircraft, “is designed to be perfectly safe when landing with a deflated tyre”.
Why the tyre should be square, or squarish, remains a mystery.
Written by Peter Needham