Avior Airlines Boeing 737 Landing Gear Collapses

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.

Avior 737
An Avior Airlines 737 suffered a landing gear malfunction when arriving in Bogota. Photo: ERIC SALARD via Flickr

What happened?

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.

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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.

Avior 737 Aircraft
Avior Airlines mostly operates local services that are close to Venezuela. Photo: Venkat Mangudi via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Were you on this Avior Airlines flight to Bogota? Let us know your thoughts on the incident in the comment section.

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High Mile Club

Either there was a structural failure or the squat switch failed to engage. At least the one good thing that happens when a main gear fails on aircraft with under wing engines: the powerplant itself can act as a support and potentially save the rest of the aircraft from damage.

Bryce

“…the powerplant itself can act as a support…”:
Correct. But the powerplant can also shear off, and sever fuel lines in the process. It’s a very touch-and-go process.

TonytTDK

The main gear of a B737 is well tried & tested & in far & away the vast majority of aircraft cycles, it behaves exactly as it should……
One wonders though, how well the MAX 10 redesign with it’s all-new sliding/extending main strut will fair in the real world.?

Bryce

I ask myself the same question…assuming that the MAX ever gets to fly again. Some products are just so flawed that they can’t be salvaged, and have to be abandoned. The grounding has lasted 8 months at this stage, and there’s still no resolution in sight, despite Boeing’s ramblings that a green light will be given in December. Just today on Reuters and Flight Global, it was reported that the FAA has revoked Boeing’s authority to issue airworthiness certificates for individual MAX airframes, and that the FAA was still in the process of reviewing the changes proposed by Boeing, and… Read more »

Frank

You getting the feeling that perhaps people at certifying agencies are afraid to be the ones to put their names on the dotted line and be ‘the one’ who signs off on the Max?
“OK – you sign” “No, I’m not gonna sign off, you sign off” “I’m not signing off on it hey, let’s get Mikey!”
“Hey Mikey!!” “Go screw yourselves – I’m not signing off on it. I’m just the janitor…”