The right main landing gear of an Avior Airlines aircraft collapsed when touching down on Saturday. The Boeing 737-400 was landing in Bogota, Colombia when the incident occurred.
The Aviation Herald reports that registration YV3012 was performing flight 9V-1400 from Valencia, Venezuela before the situation occurred. The aircraft landed at El Dorado Airport’s runway 13L on Saturday evening but the right main gear gave way. This made the plane skid on its right engine cowl while it tried to come to a halt.
Several sparks were in the air as passengers watched from the window of the airliner in disbelief. Additionally, the crew of another aircraft at the airport reported that they could see a fire. Therefore, emergency services responded and foamed around the right engine.
— Carlos E Gutierrez (@caeduardo73) November 23, 2019
Once given the all-clear, the passengers disembarked onto the taxiway before being taken to the terminal. Thankfully, there are no reports of any injuries to any of those onboard.
Footage from the scene
The Aviation Herald also shared a video of the incident, filmed by a passenger on the flight. The footage can be viewed below.
More about Avior
Avior Airlines is based in the coastal city of Barcelona, Venezuela. The firm mainly operates scheduled and charter services within the country. Along with this, it also serves flights to neighboring South American and Caribbean destinations. There is also a service to Miami, Florida that is operated by the carrier.
Avior mostly operates these flights with its 11 Boeing 737s. The airline’s fleet consists of five 737-200s and six 737-300s. The company also holds a single Airbus A340-300.
Other 737 gear incidents
Recently, there was another issue with a 737’s gear when landing. A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 had skidded off the runway while trying to land at Odessa Airport last week. This event resulted in the collapse of the jet’s nose gear.
Along with this, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 suffered a burst tire upon landing in St. Louis, Missouri. The aircraft’s gear received flap and gear damage.
A separate Southwest Airlines 737 incident has prompted a redesign of the aircraft type’s engine. Boeing has been asked to retrofit thousands of 737 next-generation planes. This is after the discovery of a flaw that resulted in engine fan blades escaping the engine when broken. This happened on an aircraft last year, resulting in the fatality of a passenger.
Altogether, it can be scary to be on a plane when these incidents happen. The crew need to be commended for the way they respond, along with emergency services that are on call.
Simple Flying reached out to Avior Airlines for comment on the landing gear incident but did not hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further announcements.
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