Jet loses wheel on takeoff attempt in NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A US Airways jet lost one of its wheels while taxiing for takeoff at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/ZBBwJD) the plane on a flight to Providence, R.I., managed to stop safely on the runway Wednesday afternoon.

No one was hurt.

The wheel rolled across the tarmac and lodged on the undercarriage of a US Airways Express plane that had just landed from Lexington, Ky.

Officials put the passengers on buses that carried them back to the terminal. Maintenance crews put a new tire on the aircraft and towed it back to the gate.

Both of the planes were inspected by mechanics.

The passengers headed to Providence were booked on a later flight.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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