My girlfriend just got off the regular Balkan 495 flight Sofia-London Gatwick this morning. I'll re-tell what she told me:
Apparently, the captain announced that there was a "problem with the wings" about half an hour before arrival and they would be making an emergency landing at LGW.
The passengers were all taken through the safety briefing again and children were re-located away from the emergency exit rows, the cabin was secured and everyone told to be in the brace position.
After a "very smooth landing" (!) and a "much louder than normal" reverse thrust, the aircraft was surrounded by fire engines and the passengers were taken off at a remote stand (or where the aircraft stopped).
She showed me the film from her video recorder... I saw the outer left hand main tyre completely shredded with some damage to the landing gear and possibly the other left hand tyre, but I couldnt be sure because the quality of the video wasnt great. Fire engines and police everywhere.
The 737 was one of the ex-Lufthansa ones (possibly LZ-BOG but I didnt get a very good look at the registration).
Does anyone know more about this incident?
She is aviation illiterate so I guess it was a problem with the spoilers or flaps, the louder reverse thrust was simply a full reverse instead of an idle reverse that she is used to, and the tyre damage? No idea.
Any more information would be appreciated!