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Wheel comes off United Airlines plane right after it takes off in San Francisco, causing damage to a few cars

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The aviation people are checking out a United Airlines flight that had a problem. It lost a tire when it was taking off from San Francisco Airport. This caused some damage to cars in a parking lot. But, thankfully, the plane landed safely in Los Angeles Airport. The airline said the plane lost a part of its tire during takeoff.

This happened on Thursday at around 11:35 a.m. The flight was going to Osaka, Japan. The airport spokesperson, Doug Yakel, told CNN that the tire pieces fell in a parking lot for airport employees. Some cars got damaged, but no one got hurt.

The United flight 35 had 249 passengers and crew. It had to change its course to go to Los Angeles and landed safely around 1:20 p.m. The airline is arranging a new plane for the affected people.

During this, an American Airlines pilot asked air traffic control about the tire incident. The controller said they didn’t know yet and it would take a few minutes to find out.

The plane that had the issue is a Boeing 777-200. It has six tires on each of its two main landing gear. Even if some tires are missing or damaged, it’s designed to land safely, according to United.

The San Francisco Airport’s runway was closed for a bit to clean up the tire pieces but is open again now. The airport is back to normal, and everything is okay.

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