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Usair Jet’s Wheels Pop Off

Mon., March 6, 1995

The two left wheels of a USAir jet popped off as the Fokker F-28 was landing, sending the plane skidding about 600 feet.

None of the 17 passengers or four crew members aboard Flight 1028 from Pittsburgh was injured in Saturday’s accident at Tri-State Airport, USAir spokesman Paul Turk said Sunday.

The 80-seat plane was about halfway down the runway when the wheels popped off, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Holly Baker said.

“It started shaking like a flat tire on a car,” passenger Pat Maynard said. “You start thinking about what could have happened after it’s over and you’re just glad you had a pilot that could bring you in safe.”

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