Wheel fell off plane on take-off

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TERRIFIED passengers watched on in horror as a wheel fell off the plane they were on as they took off to return to the region.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch report said that those who saw the wheel fall from the plane as it took off from Exeter to Newcastle on March 3 failed to inform the cabin crew.

It only came to light when air traffic control said a wheel might have been lost. A passenger then said they had seen it fall. The pilots returned the plane to Exeter.

The AAIB said several safety actions had been initiated since the accident.