terça-feira, 9 de maio de 2017

Accident: TAAG B737 at Soyo on Apr 30th 2017, nose gear collapse on landing

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Apr 30th 2017 15:57Z, last updated Friday, May 5th 2017 17:39Z

A TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration D2-TBF performing flight DT-130 from Luanda to Soyo (Angola) with 40 passengers and 6 crew, landed on Soyo's runway 24 at 11:00L (10:00Z) but came to a stop on the runway with nose gear retracted/collapsed. No injuries are being reported, the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The airline reported the aircraft became immobilized just after it had landed sound and safely and was preparing to taxi to the apron. There were no injuries.

A passenger reported the nose gear did not extend at all, the main gear was partially extended but not vertical when the aircraft touched down on its belly.

The airport reported the nose gear collapsed while landing and maneouvering to the apron. INAVIC (Angola's Civil Aviation Authority) have dispatched investigators to Soyo.

A ground observer reported only the nose gear collapsed. Gossip at the airport is going around, that the first officer instead of selecting the flaps up moved the gear lever up, however, the ground observer is sceptical arguing the weight on wheel sensors would prevent gear retraction.

On May 5th 2017 the airline reported that the aircraft was finally removed from the runway after a complex operation. The causes of the accident are being investigated by Angola's government. The damage to the aircraft appears to be limited to the nose gear doors.

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