Event Details

Title:Right MLG failure on landing, Douglas (Boeing) MD-83, EC-FXI
Micro summary:The right main landing gear of this Douglas (Boeing) MD-83 failed immediately on landing.
Event Time:2001-05-10 at 1232 UTC
File Name:2001-05-10-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C2001/05/01
Site of event:Landing
Departure:Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Destination:Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool, England
Airplane Type(s):McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83)
Flight Phase:Landing
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The aircraft was engaged on a holiday charter and was landing at Liverpool Airport after a flight from Palma, Majorca. An automatic landing on Runway 27 was carried out with the first officer being the pilot flying. Initial data from the aircraft's Flight Recorders showed that the right Main Landing Gear (MLG) failed immediately upon touchdown. The aircraft slid along the runway and came to a halt some 1,600 metres further on, resting on its right flaps, slats and wingtip. An emergency evacuation was carried out. There were no serious injuries and there was no fire.

Examination of the aircraft showed that the right MLG strut cylinder had fractured below the attachment trunnions, releasing the wheels/axle assembly back into the flaps and wing/fuselage fairing. The lower portion of the failed cylinder remained attached only by the sidestay. A closer inspection revealed the presence of an anomaly on the forward outer surface of the cylinder fracture, which subsequent examination identified as a fatigue crack measuring approximately 3.5mm long and 1.1mm deep.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Evacuation
Operations - Maintenance
Systems - Landing Gear
Systems - Landing Gear - MLG Collapse
Close match:Main landing gear collapse on landing, Douglas Aircraft Company MD-83, G-DEVR
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