Probe af­ter wheels fail on Dubai flight

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Land­ing gear on an Emi­rates A380 failed to de­ploy prop­erly, forc­ing the su­per­jumbo to hit the run­way at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port on its re­main­ing wheels. The car­rier con­firmed the in­ci­dent hap­pened last week as the in­bound flight ap­proached its home hub. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way and Emi­rates said it has asked Air­bus what could have gone wrong, Reuters re­ported on Fri­day. The air­liner was ar­riv­ing in Dubai from Lon­don when the crew re­ceived an er­ror mes­sage con­cern­ing a sys­tem re­spon­si­ble for de­ploy­ing the gear, Reuters said. An al­ter­na­tive method of de­ploy­ment based on low­er­ing the wheels us­ing grav­ity failed to work prop­erly. “What hap­pened was that right-hand gear didn’t de­ploy un­der grav­ity drop,” Emi­rates Pres­i­dent Tim Clark told re­porters at event in Ber­lin. “So the air­craft landed on the main gear [and] nose gear: it’s cer­ti­fied to do that,” he said, adding the un­der­wing gear, which con­tains four wheels had since been fixed. An A380 has 22 wheels al­to­gether. The cause is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the UAE’s air in­ves­ti­ga­tion agency. “I will be ask­ing Air­bus a few ques­tions as to how this could have hap­pened,” Clark told re­porters. An Air­bus spokesman said: “We are as­sist­ing our cus­tomer in the tech­ni­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion  into the is­sue.”

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