Clank, Clank, Bang

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That was the noise we all heard as the plane was taxiing to the runway for takeoff.  After about 20 minutes of taxiing, the pilot comes on the intercom and says that we needed to head back to the terminal so that the mechanics could check out the problem and see if it was just some piece of loose luggage.  After another half an hour, the pilot makes us all get off the plane so that they could raise the plane and rotate the wheel to make sure there wasn't anything binding up the wheel.  So, we all waited anxiously in the terminal to find out whether the plane was going to leave today or not.  The flight crew informed us that the noise wasn't caused by the wheels, but they couldn't fix the noise either.  But since the wheel wasn't the issue, we could take off.  As we taxied for takeoff, I heard a nervous passenger in back demanding that the flight attended allow him to speak with the captain about what the noise was.  At this point we were already on the runway, and there was no way to get to the captain, and we were off.  Some passengers nervous about the noise, and the panicked passenger didn't help matters any more.  After we landed most of the passengers were clapping that we had landed smoothly (although 3 hours late).
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