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True or false: Taking off in a jet airliner with a deflated tire can cause a fire.

True or false: Taking off in a jet airliner with a deflated tire can cause a fire.
When tires are underinflated, weight is transferred and overloads the other tires. As a result, the tires heat up, and when they are retracted into the wheel well, they can cause fire.

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Jeff Pardo is an aviation writer in Maryland with commercial ASEL, instrument, helicopter, and glider ratings. He started flying in 1989 and has about 1500 hours. Jeff holds a bachelors in meteorology and oceanography, as well as an MS in marine science. Prior to his present tenure at SES, Jeff worked in flight dynamics for various telecommunication firms for 15 years. He has flown mostly Cessna and Piper airplanes and R-22 helicopters, and has about 70 hours in J3 and Citabria aircraft. He has flown as a mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol, as a mission pilot for Angel Flight, and he was a contributing editor for AOPA Flight Training for about 10 years.
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