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History of the event

While taxiing for a scheduled passenger service from Sydney, NSW, to Lord Howe Island, the crew of the DeHavilland DHC-8 (Dash-8) reported that the aircraft had sustained a deflated left outboard main tyre and was returning to the departure bay. Shortly after, the cabin crewmember advised the flight crew that the tyre appeared to be 'wet' and that some passengers had seen smoke coming from the wheel area. The flight crew stopped the aircraft on the taxiway and asked the airport rescue and fire-fighting services (RFFS) to check for signs of fire. After receiving the all-clear, the passengers were disembarked and the aircraft was towed to the operator's maintenance facility.

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General details
Date: 17 December 2003 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1150 hours ESuT  
Location   (show map):Sydney, Aero. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Smoke 
Release date: 07 December 2004 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada 
Aircraft model: DHC-8 
Aircraft registration: VH-TQX 
Serial number: 439 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Departure time:1145 hours ESuT
Destination:Lord Howe Island, NSW
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Last update 13 May 2014