Nose Gear Wheels Come Off A Landing Turkish Airlines Airbus A321

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Today, February 27th, a Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-200 dropped both nose wheels upon landing at Istanbul’s main airport. The aircraft came to a stop on the runway, resting on its nose gear strut. The aircraft, carrying 146 passengers and seven crew, still managed to land without reporting any injuries.

The incident involves a Turkish Airlines Airbus A321. Photo: Russell Lee via Wikimedia Commons

Incident details

The incident aircraft, registration TC-JSH, was performing flight TK1598 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Istanbul (Turkey). As it landed, the two wheels of the nose gear came off. The incident happened at 12:26 local time according to The Aviation Herald

It goes without saying that the aircraft was disabled as a result. This meant that passengers had to disembark using mobile stairs as the plane was stuck on the runway. Passengers were then bussed to the terminal.

The aircraft, an Airbus A321-200, is fairly young for its type. In fact, the A321 is just under seven years old, having been delivered to Turkish Airlines in 2013. According to Planespotters, the status of the airframe is now “stored”, while FlightRadar24 corroborates this as there are no additional flights listed for the aircraft to fly.

Similar incidents involving landing gear

In a fairly similar situation, an Air Peace Boeing 737 also had its tires separate from the nose gear recently. The incident actually took place last July, when the aircraft experienced a hard landing. This caused the nose wheels to separate from the strut. While all 133 passengers and six crew disembarked safely in this incident, there was extensive damage to the runway and plane.

Then in November, a few months after the Air Peace incident, a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 was arriving from Istanbul to Odessa (Ukraine) when the aircraft skidded off the runway during a second landing attempt. Emergency slides were deployed for passengers to safely evacuate the aircraft. No injuries were reported during this incident. According to the Aviation Herald, the aircraft sustained substantial damage to the belly of its fuselage as well as to the left engine.

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In a more recent incident, an Icelandair Boeing 757-200 flying from Berlin Tegel (Germany) to Keflavik (Iceland) had its right main landing gear collapse upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Taking place on February 7th, a hard landing was also suspected to be the cause of the landing gear failure.

Conclusion

It seems that the common thread with these incidents are hard landings. Hard landings can be caused by a number of things including weather, mechanical problems, an over-weight aircraft, or pilot inexperience. Thankfully, as the aircraft is already essentially on the ground, a hard landing often causes more damage to the aircraft (and maybe even the runway) than to the passengers within.

Have you ever experienced a hard landing? Or worse, an incident involving landing gear? Let us know in the comments!

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We’ve contacted Turkish Airlines with a request for comment. However, at the time of publishing, we have yet to receive a response from the airline. We will update this article if any additional news comes in.

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