Serious incident Airbus A320-211 EC-GRH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122269
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Date:Wednesday 20 April 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A320-211
Owner/operator:Vueling Airlines
Registration: EC-GRH
MSN: 146
Year of manufacture:1990
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-5A1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 157
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Sevilla Airport (SVQ/LEZL) -   Spain
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Barcelona Airport (BCN)
Destination airport:Sevilla Airport (SVQ/LEZL)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Vueling Airbus A320-200, performing flight VY2220 from Barcelona to Sevilla in Spain aborted the approach to Sevilla's runway 27 due to fault indications regarding the nose wheel steering and performed a low approach instead.
The nose gear was in its down and locked position, the nose wheel however appeared rotated by about 20 degrees. The airplane entered a holding to troubleshoot the issue and subsequently landed on runway 27 with the nose wheels rotated by 90 degrees at 20:52 local time about 25 minutes after the first approach. The airplane came to a safe stop, no injuries occurred, the airplane received grinding damage to the nose wheels.

The incident occurred due to the wheels of the nose landing gear of the aircraft turning irreversibly to the physical limit of 95º with respect to their longitudinal axis, in the air and with the nose landing gear locked in the down position.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that three independent faults giving rise to the incident had coincided in time, although it was not possible to determine their origin.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Report number: IN-013/2011
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

13-May-2011 03:52 whiteshark Added
01-Aug-2020 16:36 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2020 16:38 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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