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AN B767-200 Nose Wheel Collapses

Fri May 19, 2000 1:16 pm

An Ansett Australia B767-200 VH-RMO (Ex Britannia Airways) had it's nose wheel collapse from under it, this morning at gate 31, at the Ansett Australia terminal at Sydney airport. They had to use a crane to lift the aircraft off the tarmac. After Qantas has had such a (publicly) bad run, it looks as though Ansett has to have a go! Hopefully this is a one off?

The three ex Britannia Airways aircraft that Ansett has leased (VH-RMK, RML & RMO), certainly have not been the most reliable aircraft!

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767 Bolt Inspections

Fri May 19, 2000 3:24 pm

Not related to wheel collapse at all, but on a
similar topic, I found this article:

FAA Orders Airlines to Check for Damaged Bolts

The Associated Press
W A S H I N G T O N, May 19 - The Federal
Aviation Administration late Thursday directed
that 120 Boeing 767 aircraft undergo
emergency inspections after airline mechanics
found damaged bolts in the engine pylons of
one of the planes.
Under the directive, airlines must conduct
the inspections within five to 10 days. The
jetliners were considered to be safe for flight
and are not being grounded.
It was unclear Thursday whether the
inspections, which take about five hours,
would disrupt any flights.
The FAA said seven U.S. airlines, including
two cargo carriers, were affected by the order.

Damaged Bolts Found
The FAA issued the order after damaged bolts
were found on the engine mounts of one of the
Boeing 767 aircraft, said the agency. The
airline was not identified.
The inspections have to be made within
either five or 10 days, depending on when the
specific jetliner was manufactured, said FAA
spokeswoman Alison Duquette.
The U.S. carriers affected by the order are
American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Trans
World Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways,
and UPS and Airborne Express.

Many Inspections Under Way
The directive applies to 230 Boeing 767s
operating worldwide. However, the FAA can
only require the inspection on U.S. carriers.
Other countries normally follow the U.S. lead
in such inspection orders.
Many of the 767 operators have already
begun inspections based on information from
Boeing and the FAA, Duquette said.
The FAA order was issued after an
inspection of a Boeing 767-200 found damage
in three of four bolts holding one of the plane's
engine onto the pylon and wing.
"What we found was one report of one
aircraft that had one cracked and two fractured
bolts on the forward pylon" holding the engine
onto the wing, said Duquette. She did not
name the airline involved.
The Boeing 767 is a two-engine aircraft
and is certified to continue to fly on one engine
if necessary.
The damaged bolts were made of a
material, H-11 steel and appeared to have
been unusually corroded. Duquette said
inspectors must look for these types of bolts
and replace them if found, or perform an
ultrasound inspection to ensure they are not
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RE: Update

Sat May 20, 2000 7:08 pm

It appears from early indications (a full investigation has been ordered!) that a locking pin was removed during overnight maintenance & not returned, therefore the nose wheel collapsed........I am sure there is a very red faced engineer out there?

No passengers were on the aircraft & it happened in the early hours of yesterday morning, it still sits in the hangar undergoing maintenace checks today - Saturday.

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RE: AN B767-200 Nose Wheel Collapses

Sat May 20, 2000 10:55 pm

Removing the nose gear pin will not cause the gear to collapse or retract unless the gear handle was raised with the pin removed and the hydraulics turned on.
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Sun May 21, 2000 10:54 am

A possible hydraulic leek was being looked at during a routine overnight inspection of the aircraft. Maybe this does make sense then with your description FDXmech?

An emergency response team has been sent from Boeing to look at the aircraft for possible damage to airframe, gear and electronics. If the worst has happened, the aircraft could be out of service for two months.


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