Sunday, March 06, 2016

Experts blame hard landing for jet gear failure

Contrary to the conclusion of an initial inspection of the Jet Airways aircraft that reported a landing gear failure on Thursday night, aviation experts believe that the damage suffered by the aircraft indicated that it landed at a very high speed and the touchdown was hard and late.

Former member of the government's Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Committee (CASAC), Captain Mohan Ranganathan told Mumbai Mirror, "The main wheels are bent outwards. If there had been a bolt or an actuator rod failure, the wheel would fold inward and not outward." Ranganathan blamed the incident on possible human error and not material failure.

According to him, the aircraft's Wing Root (portion connecting the wing to the fuselage) would not crack for a gear failure or hydraulic leak and lead to the collapse of a wheel. Pointing at the pilot's report that the aircraft was flying at 80-60 knots, Ranganathan said the aircraft should have been flying at a speed below 30 knots. "It is very obvious that the landing gear actuator (which allows extension and retraction of the wheels) gets punctured only on hard landing," he said.
06/03/16 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror
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