Breaking - Singapore Airline SQ16 (9V-SWP) had an high speed Reject Take Off on 5 May 2016
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Did 9V-SWP tires 'burst' as many news network reported? May not.


An aircraft tires do not just go burst due to high braking temperatures. There are safety features installed such as fuse plugs that will safely deflate the tires when the brake temperature threshold is exceeded. 

Document from Boeing

With this safety feature in place, the heat generated during Reject Take Off (RTO) may excess the threshold and melted these fuse plugs. Once these fuse plugs is melted, the tires will deflate. This is not the same as 'burst' tires. 


Document from Boeing showing the brake temperature threshold before the indication lighted up.

9V-SWP, an Singapore Airlines B777-300ER, which had an RTO at Incheon on 5th May 2016 after a Korean Air A330-200 entered runway 15R which caused a runway incursion.  There are several speed been reported from 105knots (194.46km/h) to flight radar record of 135knots (250.02km/h). There is no fixed take off speed, the Vr speed depends on many factors such as the take-off weight, the flaps setting, the runway condition and weather conditions. 

Without these data, we will never know the minimum take off speed but it is very unlikely till impossible for an Incheon to San Francisco B77W Vr (Take off Speed) to be as reported by some news network of 100knots (190km/h). 

A photo uploaded online shows the deflated tires and not burst tires. This is very likely caused by the melting of fuse plugs.

Deflected tires on 9V-SWP.