Event Details

Title:Tire loss and damage, Airbus A330-243, G-EOMA
Micro summary:This Airbus A330 lost a tire on landing, which damaged the fuselage and an engine nacelle.
Event Time:2002-05-24 at 1624 UTC
File Name:2002-05-24-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2002/05/13
Site of event:Approach
Departure:Naples International Airport, Naples, Italy
Destination:Gatwick Airport, London, England
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A330-243
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):Monarch Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft was completing a scheduled passenger flight from Naples, Italy, to London Gatwick Airport, and was making an ILS approach to Runway 26L with the first officer handling. The ATIS weather for Gatwick was wind 230/17 kt gusting 30 kt, with light to moderate turbulence and possible windshear on approach. Visibility was in excess of 10 km with no precipitation. The aircraft was being flown manually, with autothrust engaged and with Managed Speed mode selected throughout the final approach and landing. Although the approach was flown in gusty conditions and autothrust activity was high, neither the commander, nor the instructor pilot in the jump seat who was conducting a line check on the crew, noticed anything unusual about the approach or landing. The touchdown was not considered unusual or particularly firm, given the gusty, part-crosswind conditions, the de-rotation was smooth and braking was instituted with the autobrake set to 'low'.

As the aircraft vacated the runway, ATC advised that the aircraft appeared to have burst a tyre on landing. The aircraft was brought to a halt on the parallel emergency runway, where it was attended by the Airport Fire Service, who reported that the No 8 tyre had deflated and lost its tread. A high No 7 brake temperature indication on the ECAM screen was observed by the crew, which confirmed to them that the loss of braking from the No 8 wheel had likely been compensated for by the No 7 wheel. Following an inspection by a company engineer, the aircraft was taxied to the nearest suitable stand without further incident.

On further inspection, scuff marks from thrown tyre tread were observed on the inboard side of the right engine nacelle, along with four areas of impact damage on the right inboard flap. This damage was beyond maintenance manual limits and required an engineering concession to be raised for inspection every time the aircraft returned to the UK, until the next scheduled hangar visit. The No 4 brake aft wear pin was also found damaged. The No 7 and 8 wheels and brakes were replaced and their tyres and tread fragments were returned to the manufacturer for investigation.
Learning Keywords:Systems - Landing Gear
Systems - Landing Gear - Tires
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
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