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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70041
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-436
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-CIVK
MSN: 25818/1104
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 312
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:London Heathrow Airport , Hounslow, London -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London (Heathrow) Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Destination airport:Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (BKK/VTBS)
Investigating agency: AAIB
During taxi to Runway 27R, a wheel fire on the incident aircraft was seen by the crew of another aircraft who reported it to ATC. The commander of the incident aircraft brought it to a stop and requested the assistance of the fire service. When the fire service arrived, they saw smoke emanating from the No 7 wheel but no fire. The wheel was removed and the aircraft towed to a stand where the passengers were disembarked.

The cause of the fire was attributed to a failure of the outer bearing in the wheel; this resulted in a loss of support and caused the rotating wheel hub to rub against the axle. The cause of the bearing failure could not be conclusively established, but improper wheel installation, or an inadequate bearing inspection during the last tyre change, were possible factors.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


British Airways Boeing 747-436, G-CIVK at Sydney, Australia on 04.09.1999: 70dq - British Airways Boeing 747-436; G-CIVK@SYD;04.09.1999 (6115668091)


Photo of G-CIVK courtesy

London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
14 September 2019; (c) Stephen Rendle

Revision history:

12-Nov-2009 00:09 harro Added
12-Dec-2014 00:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Oct-2016 19:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
26-Oct-2016 19:33 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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