EA large cargo plane lost a wheel when taking off from Italy and nevertheless landed safely in the USA after crossing the Atlantic. The converted Boeing 747, known as the “Dreamlifter,” lost a wheel in the air Tuesday morning seconds after takeoff from the southern Italian city of Taranto, according to amateur video.
After a good eleven hours of flight time, the machine landed on its remaining 17 intact wheels in Charleston, South Carolina.
The incident caused a stir in the flight scene. According to the flight data service Flightradar24, shortly after 8 p.m. CEST on Tuesday evening, more than 11,000 people followed the live flight data from the cargo plane, which regularly transports aircraft parts on the Taranto-Charleston route.
At that time, it was the flight whose tracking data was accessed most frequently worldwide.