A Boeing 757 plane departing Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday lost a nose tire moments before it was set to depart, the airline told The National Desk (TND).
Delta Flight 982, which was bound for Bogota, Colombia, was moments away from takeoff when the tire “just rolled off” the plane.
Delta 982, this is the aircraft looking at you,” another pilot warned the flight, according to audio from VASAviation. “One of your nose tires just came off. It just rolled off the runway behind you.”
The same pilot later told air traffic controllers “we saw that tire roll off the runway to the south … looks like it went off the runway probably down the bank down there.”
Delta 982 then called for the assistance of the airport’s maintenance team to “tug” the plane off the runway.