Event Details

Title:Loss of nose wheel on takeoff, Airbus A320-214, G-BXKD
Micro summary:The left nose wheel detached from this A320 during takeoff.
Event Time:2005-01-15 at 1635 UTC
File Name:2005-01-15-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2005/01/02
Site of event:Gatwick
Departure:Gatwick Airport, London, England
Destination:Sofia International Airport (Vrazhdebna), Sofia, Bulgaria
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A320-214
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Operator(s):Thomas Cook Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The left nose wheel detached from the aircraft during the takeoff from London (Gatwick) Airport. Airport staff saw the wheel fall off and the flight crew were notified by Air Traffic Control (ATC). After holding for two hours, to burn off fuel and reduce the landing weight, the aircraft landed safely at Gatwick. The nose wheel detached as the result of the partial seizure of the outer wheel bearing, most probably caused by water contamination of the grease in the bearing. Four safety recommendations have been made.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Maintenance
Systems - Landing Gear
Systems - Landing Gear - Tires
Systems - Landing Gear - Wheel Separation
Close match:Loss of nosewheel on Ryanair Boeing 737-204 at Dublin Airport, Ireland, on December 3, 2000
Hard landing and wheel separation, Douglas DC-8-63F, July 18, 1998
Wheel separation on takeoff, Boeing 737-222, April 7, 1995
Loss of main wheel, Boeing 737-347, December 24, 1999
Loss of main wheel, Douglas DC-9-51, October 14, 1999
Wheel separation, Boeing 727-2K5, N900PG, March 10, 1997


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