AUSTRALIA: Qantas A380 bursts two tyres on landing

A Qantas Airbus A380-800, enroute from Singapore to Sydney burst two tyres on landing resulting in a fire that stopped once the aircraft came to stop. The rear two tyres of the left hand main wheel assembly burst after the brakes locked during touchdown. Alarmed passengers watched on their in-flight, seat-back monitors as a tail-mounted […]


A Qantas Airbus A380-800, enroute from Singapore to Sydney burst two tyres on landing resulting in a fire that stopped once the aircraft came to stop. The rear two tyres of the left hand main wheel assembly burst after the brakes locked during touchdown. Alarmed passengers watched on their in-flight, seat-back monitors as a tail-mounted camera caught relayed video of the incident.

The weight and friction of the locked wheels running along the runway ground the wheel assemblies in half, down to the wheel axles, which were also substantially damaged, along with the bogey itself. The airplane was repaired and departed for its next journey about 24 hours after the incident.