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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 December 2006, 17:38 GMT
Plane loses wheel after take-off
Air South West
Accident investigators have been informed about the incident
An Air South West plane had to make an emergency landing at Newquay Airport on Wednesday afternoon after one of its wheels fell off after take off.

The Dash 8 aircraft had taken off for Gatwick at 1445 GMT when ground staff saw that the inner of two wheels on the starboard wing had fallen off.

The pilot turned the plane around and landed without injuries among the 33 passengers and four crew.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed.

Emergency alert

Ground staff alerted the pilot, who circled the airport a number of times before landing successfully at 1520 GMT.

Emergency services were alerted while the passengers and crew were taken off.

A relief flight took off later in the afternoon.

Air South West's managing director, Malcolm Naylor, said: "The passengers were not in danger. The plane is perfectly capable of landing without one of these wheels."

He could not recall another incident of the same type happening to an Air South West plane.

The twin turbo prop airliner involved is still at Newquay Airport.

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