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Capital Airlines A320 damaged in apparent hard landing

  • 28 August, 2018
  • SOURCE: Flight Dashboard
  • BY: Aaron Chong
  • Singapore

An Airbus A320 operated by Capital Airlines diverted to Shenzhen Bao'an International airport after a reported hard landing at Macau International airport on 28 August.

Capital Airlines told FlightGlobal that the aircraft, registered B-6952, was operating flight JD5759 from Beijing to Macau, when the incident occurred around 11:15 local time.

The aircraft reportedly landed hard at Macau, causing damage to the nose landing gear and one engine, before lifting off again and diverting to Shenzhen International airport around 12:00. The aircraft landed, and passengers were evacuated via escape slides. There were no reports of injuries among the 157 passengers and nine crew members on board.

engine.jpg.c52f10cb7fb1902cbb0a9d355df42266.jpg730435850_lostwheel.thumb.jpg.845898ad941f46225798afac01ae6a66.jpgThe airline says that investigations are underway.

Images on social media show that the aircraft's nose wheel appears to have sheared off, while the inner casing and fan blades of its left engine seems to have sustained foreign object damage.

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An update:


Chinese LCC Capital Airlines A320 damaged in emergency landing

Aug 28, 2018 Bradley Perrett

A Capital Airlines Airbus A320, en route from Beijing Capital Airport to Macau International Airport, lost its nose gear wheels and sustained severe engine damage in a landing attempt at Macau Aug. 28. The aircraft was then diverted to Shenzhen Airport where all 157 passengers and nine crewmembers were evacuated safely.

The Chinese LCC is a subsidiary of HNA Group.

According to the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network (ASN), “The aircraft departed Beijing Airport at 00:17 UTC (08:17 LT), bound for Macau. Initial reports indicate that the nose wheel bogey broke away during an attempted landing at Macau Airport at 03:15 UTC (11:15 LT). The aircraft performed a go-around and entered a holding pattern before the crew decided to divert to Shenzhen Airport, where the aircraft landed at 03:58 UTC.”

The airline blamed the incident on a wind shear. “During landing at Macau airport, there was a suspected occurrence of wind shear and the flight crew judged that the landing gear may have suffered damage,” Capital Airlines said. “The crew immediately took off again, implemented emergency procedures, and decided to make an alternate landing at Shenzhen airport.”

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is 60 km (40 mi.) from Macau International.A photograph of the aircraft on social media showed the upper part of the nose gear strut seemingly attached to the fuselage normally. But at least the exposed part of the lower section—the inner tube, or piston—of the oleo assembly is missing, along with the wheels that would have been attached to it. 

The leading edges of all 36 fan blades of the left CFM56-5B engine were shattered, another photograph showed.

The attempted landing at Macau and immediate return to the air occurred at 11:16 a.m. local time, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said. In its first statement, before the success of the final landing was known, the agency issued a statement that said the crew had declared a Mayday and reported a hard landing and problems with the nose gear and left engine.

Further, the Macau control tower reported discovering fragments of tires on the runway amid the emergency, the agency said. CAAC added that the crew announced it planned to make a low pass over Shenzhen Bao’an for a visual inspection and might land there. In the meantime, Bao’an would not accept other aircraft.

The A320 landed at Shenzhen at 11:58 a.m. Emergency slides were deployed.


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Of note:

On Aug 29th 2018 The Aviation Herald received information from a multitude of sources stating that the aircraft touched down on Macau's runway 34 at 7.7 degrees nose up, 123 KIAS and 2.4G, bounced, touched down a second time at 15.1 degrees nose up between 133 and 144 KIAS and 3.4G. The aircraft bounced again, touched down a third time at 7.7 degrees nose down (nose gear first), both wheels and part of the nose gear structure separated, debris was ingested by the left hand engine, debris destroyed the VHF1 antenna (causing temporary loss of communication), the damage to the nose gear also prompted the nose gear to permanently indicate being on the ground preventing gear retraction. About 5 seconds after the third bounce the go around was initiated.


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