Suspected component failure prime facie cause in landing gear collapse: DGCA

Mar 05, 2016, 10:40 IST | PTI

New Delhi: A suspected component failure could be the prima facie cause in the landing gear collapse of a Jet Airways plane at the Mumbai Airport yesterday, DGCA sources said on Friday.

The incident affected flight operations at the Mumbai airport with flight arriving or departing by an average delay of 30-40 minutes besides score of flights diverted to other airports in view of the runway closure to the stranded aircraft, they said.

Sources, who did not rule out the possibility of the investigation going to the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), said that the preliminary probe report in the incident is likely to be submitted to the top authorities by Monday.

As many as 127 passengers and eight crew onboard Jet Airways flight from here to Mumbai had a miraculous escape Thursday night after the Boeing 737 aircraft's main landing gear collapsed upon touch down at the main runway, blocking the flight movement and forcing the airport authorities to shift flight operations to the secondary runway.

"DGCA has started its probe in the landing gear collapse incident. Prime facie it is a suspected component failure.

However, the actual cause would be known only after the preliminary investigations," sources said.

The preliminary report may be submitted to the DGCA by Monday, sources said, adding the "Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, which comes under the Civil Aviation Ministry and has the mandate to probe all serious incidents/accidents, may take over the investigation into the incident."

"Jet Airways flight 9W 354 reported a technical fault with the main landing gear after landing in Mumbai at 2152 hours on March 3, 2016. All 120 passengers and 8 crew were safely disembarked and no injuries were reported," Jet Airways said in statement today.

Recovery operations for the aircraft commenced simultaneously and continued through the night.

As of 1000 hours today the recovery operations was completed and the aircraft shifted to the Jet Airways hangar, the airline said.

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