A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, performing a flight from London Stansted, EN (UK) to Copenhagen (Denmark) with 182 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing out of Stansted’s runway 22 when the crew stopped the climb at FL170 after ATC told them they had lost a wheel on departure.
The crew decided to divert to East Midlands, EN (UK), where the aircraft landed safely on runway 27 without the left nose wheel.
The airline confirmed the aircraft dropped the left hand nose wheel after takeoff and diverted to East Midlands.
The passengers disembarked normally and will be taken to Copenhagen by a replacement aircraft.
The UK AAIB have dispatched a team of investigators to East Midland and have opened an investigation into the occurrence.