G'day folks,

Here's what happened. One of the main wheels fell off at lift-off. The tower notified the crew who had not noticed any difference in the handling of the bird. Not a situation that is covered in the books. We flew around for 4hrs, burning off fuel and deciding on a plan. Alternatives being jump out over the sea, or make an attempt to get it down in one piece.

They worked out a plan that if the pilot was losing control during the landing the nav would punch them out. They had IPs trying different solutions in the simulator. Finally it was decided we'd fly the approach at about 1.5 meters off the ground for a few hundred meters with the gear up and the tail hook dragging along the ground.


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