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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Airbus Updates No.854

Accident: Air Contractors A30B at Bratislava on Nov 16th 2012, nose gear collapse on landing, runway excursion
By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Nov 16th 2012 11:17Z, last updated Friday, Nov 16th 2012 22:09Z
An Air Contractors Airbus A300-B4 on behalf of EAT Leipzig on behalf of DHL, registration EI-EAC performing freight flight QY-6321 from Leipzig (Germany) to Bratislava (Slovakia) with 3 crew, landed on Bratislava's runway 22 at 05:25L (04:24Z) when after touch down and during roll out the nose gear collapsed. The aircraft veered left off the runway and came to a stop on its main gear and nose about 1800 meters past the runway threshold with all gear on soft ground, no injuries occurred. The aircraft received damage to the nose gear, front section of the belly as well as both engines, which contacted soft ground.

DHL reported there was no damage to the cargo. The crew had not reported any problems prior to landing, the aircraft was in the roll out at relatively low speed already when the nose gear collapsed.

Runway 04/22 as well as a number of taxiways are currently closed as result of the occurrence. The airport continues operations on runway 13/31.


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