Skip to comments.Woman dies after tyre explosion (USAF Captain)
Posted on 04/02/2010 1:21:12 PM PDT by decimon
A US air force officer who was on holiday in Scotland has died after a car tyre she was holding exploded.
Capt Jenna Wilcox, 27, was on a break with her husband when the accident happened in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on Saturday.
She died at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh on Thursday, five days after she sustained the injuries.
Capt Wilcox was holding the car tyre inside the vehicle, because it would not fit in the boot, when it exploded.
It is thought the couple had changed the tyre on the BMW Z3, after noticing a bulge in it, but that Capt Wilcox was holding it because the boot was full of luggage.
It is not known what caused the tyre to blow up.
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This raises the obvious question: What was she doing in Tyre in the first place? Perhaps residents of Sidon should be warned as well.
Anybody remember Red Green and the Air Dare?
I wonder if the tire was way over-inflated? Or had nitrous gas in it? Or maybe the bulge was a very weak spot.
Wow,what a horrible accident..
We know life isn’t “fair” and one can die any time
but this just breaks my heart.
People who haven’t been THERE don’t relate to the
folks dying around them like veterans, I saw enough
in Vietnam and it’s never stopped, you just notice
It has been cold there. Ireland just received 15 inches of snow. There was a weakness in the tire, tire was probably at proper air pressure, and when brought into the warm car the tire and the air inside warmed up as well. When that happens the air pressure goes up and boom!
I had that happen to me with a bicycle tire. It was too cold to work on it outside so I brought it in and the tire blew while I was working on it.
If they thought it was dangerous enough to remove it from the wheel why did they not deflate it before bringing it into the passenger compartment? Sad.
Not even the least bit amusing.
One of nation’s bravest and you throw off a joke.
What the story does NOT address is what kind of medical care was she given? In the US or even at a field hospital she would have survived
Fair enough. I apologize.
This will be my last entry. Both Scott and I are home, safe and sound and I no longer have a reason to continue with this blog.
There were several purposes for this blog. The first and foremost was to share my experiences with family and friends. I also wanted to let people know about the military and what we experience in a combat zone. As an Air Force Officer who is not a pilot, it is very unlikely that I will again be in a situation where I am the war fighter. I am usually in a support role; my job ensures that planes get off the ground so they can fight the enemy. But this time, I was the one directly fighting the enemy. To the pleasure of my parents, that probably won’t happen again.
Oh, this brings tears to these old eyes.
Never heard of tires being this dangerous. Freak accident.
Safe passage, Capt. Wilcox.
Thank you for your civility.
That is so sad. I peeked at her blog. She was a pretty lady and seemed like a nice lady. R.I.P.
From the headline, I thought this was another story about in the Middle East.
I once knew a guy who worked in a Firestone tire shop that this happened to. When the tire exploded, it broke his jaw and took out most of his teeth. He was lucky to live through it.
Ever since he related his story to me, some 30 years ago, I’ve felt anxious whenever I’m inflating a tire. I always use a tire gauge, so as not to over-inflate.
Deadly steel belt shrapnel. Bad as a roadside IED. May the lady rest in peace.
Sounds like it had a separation in the sidewall.
I’ve seen aircraft tires blow but they are a lot
higher pressure. I worked in the tire shop at
NAS Atlanta and was always leery inflating those
things. We always used a cage of course but still.
My thoughs and prayers go out to her husband
Do you know/like the Johnny Cash song “Drive on - it don’t mean nothin’”?
In the army they once had me changing truck tires. The kind with the steel ring. My tools were a pick ax, an iron and a hammer. I had no idea how dangerous it was inflating those tires.
That is scary. I don’t think I have seen a tire explode.
Prayers up for her loved ones.
I’ve got compressed air in my garage, I’m always careful not to overinflate, and I put on safety glasses for just about anything, but especially when I’m using air tools.
This could reignite The Punic Wars.
Sad story, may she RIP.
A side note, whenever you are inflating your tires never face the sidewall of the tire. Position yourself off to one side in case the tire or wheel fail.
They teach AF and probably Navy mechanics to face the tread of the tire, not the sidewalls in case the tire and rim come apart.
We keep carrying on, one boot in front of the other.
I haven’t been to Scotland in years but when I was the medical care was very 1950-ish.
Big, big bore needles and more medicating than fixing.
I would hope if she was in the military that they would have gotten her to an American military hospital.
5 Days is a long time to work on something.
When I was young I seldom wore gloves or eye protection. As I get older things hurt more and I got smarter. I wear safety goggles whenever I deem them necessary and gloves for most everything.
How can you possibly say that with such certainty without knowing the nature and extent of her injuries?
Aged Tires: A Driving Hazard? - ABC News
I know of another guy who was killed by a split rim tire. They are illegal now.
Gloves are *everywhere* in my life, for doing garage/lawn/garden/home maintenance chores.
I really like the fact that exam gloves are pretty cheap at Costco. I always wear them when washing or working on cars, and I’ll go to something heavier if I’m doing serious wrenching.
Because I have read too much recently about the NHS. Secondly I live near a VA hospital where all the TBD patients are coming. Trust me if the husband had minor injuries ( and that;s what the article said) AND the woman was in hospital for 5 days and they say nothing further about her injuries then knowing the NHS ( and what wil soon become the Ameican Health Service) she did not receive top notch care. In fact her doc may well have been a Paki national
I know of another guy who was killed by a split rim tire. They are illegal now.
My story is from more than 40 years ago. I was clueless.
accepted -—but it was pretty clever just really bad timing
I think it is really the Brits’ fault for not using the proper, American spelling of tire.
I have a British friend with a heavy accent whom I sometimes have difficulty understanding. I was thinking once, “I wish he’d just speak English.” Then I realized, “He IS speaking English. I’m the one who isn’t.”
Wife WILL NOT inflate a tire of any kind.She gets very nervous even passing Big rigs.
We had a 1967 dodge Charger at the time that needed a front end alignment,but it was a Mopar,old and very expensive.
I bought cheap tire knowing full well they would not last long.
So one day as I was airing up the tires,the one on the right side exploded.
I have aired up numerous tires over the years and to me it was just another deal.Until the tire exploded in my face.Thank goodness I was not hurt,but it gave me a new respect for tires and the people who work with them.
PS,the tire did not look bad at all.
Now when we travel,i get past Big Rigs as quickly as possible. In West Texas,the heat will wear out any good looking tire.The remnants from the vehicles blown out tires are referred to as [Alligator skins].Some entrails last for miles.They are the only things buzzards do not eat.[To the best of my knowledge!]
“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” - George Bernard Shaw
There are sections of England up towards Newcastle where the accent and the speech itself are so difficult to understand it is amazing that anyone from outside goes there. The Geordie dialect puts the Cajuns to shame
I have heard of mechanics getting killed by old “Split Rims”. Those things were deadly but never heard of this kind of thing.
RIP Capt Wilcox
This is as crazy as the bottle of peroxide that exploded last week.
” In the US or even at a field hospital she would have survived”
Before Obamacare anyway. - Now we’ll be just like them.
I know a guy that lost half of his arm when a truck tire exploded while he was reinflating it.
How can you say such a thing with any certainty? I demand that you retract your statement and refrain from further making arrogant and snobbish assertions regarding our dear friends and allies.
That might have been part of her mistake. She wasn't sufficiently respectful of the car tire's relatively low pressure.
I've been guilty of that, myself.
I never stand or squat right in front of a tire I’m inflating. I usually stand to one side, and reach down - just in case.
NO and I’m a Red Green fan. Have successfully used his pilot hole technique although can’t remember on what. Perhaps I taped over it.
Lost a schoolmate to one of those exploding rings.
That’s unfortunate. But you know what, I think I might have rather held a bag or two up with me and put the tire in the back. Because unless you’re a jihadi, the suitcase is less likely to go BOOM.
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