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The pilot in command of a Boeing 737 carried out a rejected takeoff on runway 34L, due to a suspected tyre failure as the aircraft approached the takeoff decision speed. The crew were subsequently able to vacate the runway safely and stop the aircraft on taxiway B4, despite both tyres on the left main landing gear being deflated. The runway was closed by ATC and a pavement inspection found considerable tyre debris. The passengers were subsequently disembarked onto the taxiway and transported to the terminal. The operator reported that a subsequent inspection of the aircraft found that both tyres on the left main landing gear, as well as the outer left wheel, had been destroyed. The inner left wheel had also suffered damage. The mainwheel geardoor was holed, and the left wing flap dented. One passenger was reported to have sustained a minor cut to the head when an overhead panel had been dislodged. While the mode of tyre failure is yet to be conclusively determined, the operator has indicated that the damage is consistent with the left mainwheel outer tyre having suffered foreign object damage prior to or during the takeoff roll, resulting in deflation at high speed. It is considered that the left inner tyre then failed as a result of heat stress following the rejected takeoff.
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General details
Date: 26 September 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 18:32 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 07 November 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-377 
Aircraft registration: VH-CZK 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Sydney NSW
Destination:Darwin NT
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