Flight’s emer­gency land­ing at EMA was due to loss of wheel

CREW ON AN­OTHER PLANE WIT­NESSED NOSEWHEEL ‘FLY FROM AIR­CRAFT’ UPON TAKE­OFF, RE­PORT FINDS

Burton Mail - - News - By MARTIN NAY­LOR martin.nay­lor@reach­plc.com @Imo­nan­oth­er­plan

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion into why a plane was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing at East Mid­lands Air­port has con­cluded that it lost one of its front wheels on take-off.

The Ryanair flight was car­ry­ing 184 pas­sen­gers and took off from Lon­don Stansted Air­port des­tined for Copen­hagen on Septem­ber 15 last year.

A re­port, pub­lished by the Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch, says as it did so crew on the ground from a dif­fer­ent flight saw one of the nose­wheels fly from the air­craft and off the run­way.

They alerted air traf­fic con­trol at Stansted, who con­tacted the cap­tain and crew on­board the Copen­hagen­bound flight.

Ini­tially the flight, which had taken off, was go­ing to cir­cle back and land at the same air­port, but was instead di­verted to East Mid­lands where it made what the re­ports says was “an un­event­ful land­ing”.

How­ever, the emer­gency land­ing saw the run­way at East Mid­lands closed for more than an hour with one in­bound flight hav­ing to di­vert to a dif­fer­ent air­port.

The re­port con­cludes: “The nosewheel was found to have sep­a­rated from the air­craft be­cause the axle [which holds it] failed. The fail­ure was caused by a crack which was as a re­sult of heat-in­duced crack­ing caused by grind­ing.

“The cause of the grind­ing could not be de­ter­mined.”

At the time of the in­ci­dent, at around 10am, traf­fic on the M1 had to be held be­tween junc­tions 23a and 24 by po­lice to al­low the plane to land.

At the time, East Mid­lands Air­port con­firmed the flight landed safely and that no-one was in­jured.

The re­port says: “As the air­craft en­tered the run­way [for its take-off at Stansted] air traf­fic con­trol cleared the crew to take off.

“The flight crew heard a noise sim­i­lar to the nose­wheels pass­ing over a run­way cen­tre light. The same noise was heard by the two cabin crew mem­bers at the front of the cabin. Nei­ther the pi­lots nor the two cabin crew mem­bers con­sid­ered the noise to be any­thing out of the or­di­nary.

“An air­craft wait­ing at the hold in­formed air traf­fic con­trol they had seen one of the nose­wheels de­part the air­craft and be blown off the run­way.

“They could also see what ap­peared to be part of the air­craft on the run­way.”

Air traf­fic con­trol at Stansted Air­port alerted the cap­tain and crew on­board as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion which saw them find guid­ance on land­ing with a flat tyre in their man­ual

The re­port says the crew wanted to re­turn to Stansted but were di­verted to East Mid­lands Air­port.

STE­FAN KORNAS / PA

The Ryanair Boe­ing 737 air­craft at East Mid­lands Air­port shortly af­ter crew had to abort the flight to Copen­hagen and make an emer­gency land­ing af­ter los­ing a nosewheel

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