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Following landing at Sydney Airport on the 8 Nov 2011, one of the main wheels of a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-8FE, registered VH-VUF, was found to have separated at the hub. The failure was traced to fatigue cracks emanating from an unpeened area of the inner hub's bearing bore. The operator had complied with the manufacturer's wheel inspection requirements. However, as a result of the occurrence, the operator increased the frequency of the ultrasonic inspection of the wheel hubs.

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General details
Date: 08 November 2011 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0820 ESuT  
Location   (show map):Sydney Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Landing gear/indication 
Release date: 03 August 2012 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737 
Aircraft registration: VH-VUF 
Serial number: 34168 
Operator: Virgin Australia 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Melbourne, Vic.
Destination:Sydney, NSW
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Last update 01 March 2016