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The ATSB is investigating a main wheel hub separation involving a Boeing 737, VH-VUH, at Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 4 January 2017.

During taxi, prior to departure out of Brisbane, the main wheel hub on the left hand outboard wheel failed and separated from the main landing gear. Tyre deflation occurred as a result, and the aircraft was unable to be towed back to the gate.

The ATSB investigation will examine the circumstances around the component failure, pending an engineering report from the wheel hub manufacturer.

General details
Date: 04 January 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 5:09 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Brisbane Airport Occurrence type:Landing gear/indication 
State: Queensland  
 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: January 2018  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-8FE 
Aircraft registration: VH-VUH 
Serial number: 34440 
Operator: Virgin Australia Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Unknown 
Departure point:Brisbane, Qld
Destination:Melbourne, Vic.
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Last update 12 December 2017