While operating on behalf of Aerolineas Argentinas, back in mid-February, an Austral Lineas Aereas Embraer ERJ-190 lost a nose wheel on landing. The aircraft registration number LV-CHQ was performing flight number AR-2762 from Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) to Rosario – Islas Malvinas International Airport (ROS) when the incident occurred.
A safe landing with a missing wheel
According to the Aviation Website The Aviation Herald, the Brazilian-built Embraer ERJ-190 landed safely in Rosario and taxied to the apron. Upon noticing that the left side nose wheel was missing, the ground staff alerted the pilots who contacted the tower. Once informed that the arriving plane had lost a wheel, an inspection of the runway took place. The searchers soon discovered the missing wheel in some grass to the side of where the plane had landed.
Argentina’s Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIAAC) immediately announced that they would be investigating the incident. The JIAAC says the incident occurred at 23:10 local time and that none of 102 passengers and crew on board was injured.
Incident Embraer ERJ-190 (LV-CHQ) on 16th February 2020 at Rosario on the flight (operated by Austral Lineas Aereas) Aerolineas Argentinas AR-2762 from Buenos Aires Ezeiza/EZE (Buenos Aires, Argentina)🇦🇷 to Rosario/ROS (Santa Fe, Argentina)🇦🇷; dropped nose wheel on landing. pic.twitter.com/FfuB7i77e2
— Tomáš Semrád (@Tomas40916602) February 20, 2020
On June 4, 2020, the United States National Transportation Safety Board reported, “The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Argentina’s investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.”
The second Austral E-190 nose wheel incident in two years
This current nose wheel loss is actually the second time in two years that an Austral E-190 has lost one of its front wheels. Last year the JIAAC completed an investigation into why an Austral E-190 lost a wheel. This incident concerned aircraft registration number LV-CID and took place in January 2018.
In this 2018 incident, while taxiing before takeoff at Mar del Plata’s Astor Piazzolla International Airport, the left-hand nose wheel detached from the landing gear. When examining why the wheel had come off, investigators discovered corrosive pitting and concluded that this had led to an undetected fissure. In its report, the JIAAC found that what had happened was an “isolated incident.”
Could this be an issue with all E-190s?
While I cannot claim credit for this, a person commenting on The Aviation Herald said he was channeling Kenny Rogers when he came up with “You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel.”
This incident and the previous one we mentioned are glaring oversights when the aircraft is undergoing maintenance checks. They could also be something other Embraer E-190 operators might want to look at when checking the plane.
AUSTRAL Compañía Argentina de Transportes Aéreos Comercial e Industrial (this was its original name), was founded in 1957 under the auspices of the Sociedad Anónima Importadora y Exportadora de la Patagonia. Austral began by flying to Southern Argentina in January 1958 with C-46 Curtiss aircraft, it also operated international flights to Montevideo, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas as well as cargo flights to Miami.
Today Austral Líneas Aéreas is an Argentinian domestic airline and a wholly-owned subsidiary of national flag carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas. Headquartered in Buenos Aires at the Aeroparque Internacional Jorge Newbery Airport (EAP), Austral operates an all-Embraer ERJ-190 fleet of aircraft. According to the aviation website, Planespotters.net Austral has 26 Embraer ERJ-190s with an average age of 8.8 years.
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