Event Details

Title:Left MLG fire on landing, Boeing 777-200ER, AP-BGL
Micro summary:While taxiing after landing, the left main landing gear was observed to be on fire.
Event Time:2005-03-01 at 0910 UTC
File Name:2005-03-01-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2005/03/01
Site of event:Taxi to gate
Departure:Allama Iqbal International, Lahore, Pakistan
Destination:Birmingham International Airport, West Midlands, England
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 777-200ER
Flight Phase:Taxi
Operator(s):PIA - Pakistan International Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:Whilst the aircraft was taxiing, following an otherwise uneventful landing at Manchester, flames were seen around the wheels of the left main landing gear. As the airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service (RFFS) attempted to extinguish the flames, copious quantities of what the RFFS Watch Commander assessed as smoke were produced and, fearing that the fire was getting out of control, he advised the aircraft commander to evacuate the aircraft. Minor injuries were sustained by some passengers and several fire service personnel during the evacuation. The investigation determined that the cause of the fire, established as being in the No 10 main landing gear wheel, most likely resulted from the maintenance practice used when cleaning the wheel heat shields. It was likely that these had been immersed in a flammable solvent, which allowed the ceramic fibre insulation material contained within to become contaminated. The fire occurred on the second landing after the wheel had been fitted to the aircraft, when the brake pack temperature was likely to have been higher than on the previous landing.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Evacuation
Systems - Brake/Tire/Wheel Well Fire
Systems - Landing Gear
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