The Wheel Glowed Orange Before Coming Off The Plane

Air Canada Jazz flight 8684 from Montreal to Bagotville in Quebec lost a wheel during takeoff on Friday. The Dash 8-300 had 49 passengers and 3 crew on board. The “inboard left main wheel began to glow orange.” The wheel came off the gear strut and fell off the aircraft.

The Jazz crew climbed to 3000 feet and burned off fuel eventually landing back in Montreal a couple of hours after takeoff.

There was a brief departure delay in Montreal while the wheel was found and cleared from the runway.

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  1. I’d be curious to know how the flight crew learned of the wheel falling off – was there a sensor in the cockpit – or video from the passenger ?

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