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    A U.S. Air Force officer has died after a tyre exploded inside her sports car while she was on holiday in Scotland, police said.

    Captain Jenna Wilcox, 27, who had survived a roadside bomb attack on a recent tour in Afghanistan, was on a break with her husband when the freak accident happened last week.

    She was rushed to hospital but died last night.
    It is thought the couple had changed the wheel on their BMX Z3 after noticing a bulge in a tyre.

    They replaced it with the space saver tyre - designed to get them to a local garage - but could not fit the full size one in the boot because it was full of luggage.

    Capt Wilcox, of the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, sat with it on her lap inside the car. It is not known what caused it to explode.

    She died from her injuries at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, five days after the accident.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263095/U-S-Air-Force-captain-Jenna-Wilcox-holiday-Scotland-dies-freak-accident-sports-car-tyre-explodes-lap.html#ixzz0kPplwMKm

    this was reported in my local press as the woman was based 15 miles from me a real shame as she had only recently returned from afganistan and survived a roadside Bomb but soemthing as simple as not letting the air pressure out when you know the tire is damaged and sitting with it on your lap - but a warning to everyone never the less

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    How tragic and bizarre

    Makes me think about the film - Final Destination...

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    Ive been near a tyre when its exploded and believe me you don't want to be within a foot of it one exploded on me when i worked in kwickfit and it flew me into racking.

    Very sad story but a lesson to all

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoons View Post
    How tragic and bizarre

    Makes me think about the film - Final Destination...
    agreed - when your times up - you cant cheat death

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    Very bad...

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    It had a bulge and then it exploded????

    What the hell tyre pressure was it running?!?!

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    dam got a little bulge in my spare, at £125 a go its staying in the boot.

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    Quite old news matey, however it does show how volatile life can be, and a warning with regard to faulty tyres. If you carry one inside your car always reduce the air pressure.

    This case is especially tragic due to the fact she had seen active service and faced danger, and then to get killed by a stupid tyre.
    Her family and husband have my deepest sympathies.

    I have seen a large JCB type tyre explode and know how dangerous they can be, but in reality, how many of us would ever think of reducing the pressure in a tyre, unless it obviously looked dangerous, and even then I doubt many would think it could kill.

    Very sad indeed.

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    that's mad. i got a garage to change some tyres for me onto 17" rims a few years back. he sprayed some lubricant around the rim and inflated it but the last part wouldn't 'pop' onto the rim. he kept inflating it for ages until i asked him what the pressure was like as the tyre was visibly bulging all over. he said "we're upto 100 psi now... i'll keep going and if it doesn't pop then i'll start over"... he got up to 130 psi... bounced the tyre off the floor about 20 times hard trying to get it to pop but it wouldn't... so he fully deflated it... popped the tyre off... lubed it up again and this time it went at about 40 psi.

    so under normal inflation levels a faulty tyre can kill you when it blows. this guy took my tyre upto 130 psi and was frantically trying to get it to sit on the rim properly by bouncing it off the floor hard... is it me or is that utter madness??

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    Quote Originally Posted by djr69uk View Post
    that's mad. i got a garage to change some tyres for me onto 17" rims a few years back. he sprayed some lubricant around the rim and inflated it but the last part wouldn't 'pop' onto the rim. he kept inflating it for ages until i asked him what the pressure was like as the tyre was visibly bulging all over. he said "we're upto 100 psi now... i'll keep going and if it doesn't pop then i'll start over"... he got up to 130 psi... bounced the tyre off the floor about 20 times hard trying to get it to pop but it wouldn't... so he fully deflated it... popped the tyre off... lubed it up again and this time it went at about 40 psi.

    so under normal inflation levels a faulty tyre can kill you when it blows. this guy took my tyre upto 130 psi and was frantically trying to get it to sit on the rim properly by bouncing it off the floor hard... is it me or is that utter madness??
    No matey it's not you, your tyre fitter is a total nutter, it is normal to add a few pounds extra to centralise the tyre, but not more than about 10/15%. There is actually a MAX pressure marked on the tyre which should never be exceeded.

    I had the unfortunate experience to once witness a large tyre explode on an army JCB type digger when the guy was putting water into the rear tyres for extra ballast. (apparently filling such tyres with water is quite normal on these vehicles) he lost his arm in the ensuing explosion and was in hospital for ages, and a sapper nearby was serously injured too, they were lucky not to have been killled.

    People including myself at times underestimate how dangerous tyres and for that matter anything under pressure can be.

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