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Aer Arann plane written off in heavy landing

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          IN........ AER ARANN  ......AIRLINE STOCK PICS....DUBLIN AIRPORT.......PICS  MARTIN NOLAN.....THURSDAY 12/AUGUST/2004

IN........ AER ARANN ......AIRLINE STOCK PICS....DUBLIN AIRPORT.......PICS MARTIN NOLAN.....THURSDAY 12/AUGUST/2004

IN........ AER ARANN ......AIRLINE STOCK PICS....DUBLIN AIRPORT.......PICS MARTIN NOLAN.....THURSDAY 12/AUGUST/2004

AN AER Arann airliner had to be written off after it landed too fast in blustery conditions.

None of the four crew or 21 passengers on board the twin-engine ATR 72 was injured, but the nose gear collapsed as the early morning flight from Manchester came into land at Shannon on July 17, 2011.

The accident happened as the plane made its second attempt to land after the newly promoted 29-year-old woman pilot decided to perform a 'go-around'. She had reported that the "gusts were nasty".

On the second attempt at landing she became "increasingly concerned" about the remaining length of runway available and decided to land.

 

Junction

The aircraft landed heavily and a loud scraping noise was reported.

The nose gear collapsed and the aircraft came to rest at the junction of the runway and a taxiway.

A new Air Accident Investigation Unit report says: "The severity of the prevailing conditions was not recognised by either of the flight crew, either before or after the go-around."

Two more Aer Arann ATR 72s have since damaged nose gear during landing.

In both cases the aircraft bounced while landing in gusty crosswinds.

mlavery@herald.ie


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