Merpati B734 at Makassar on Oct 20th 2008, rejected takeoff at high speed

Last Update: October 19, 2012 / 14:06:55 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 20, 2008


Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-400

ICAO Type Designator

The NTSC released their final reportconcluding the probable cause of the serious incident was:

- The tire failure of the left landing gear was initiated by the failure of 4 of 16 bolts installed that experienced fatigue crack.

- The operator failed to perform maintenance program to the wheel hub tie bolts especially to the cadmium re-plating.

The NTSC pointed out that the incident sequence was nearly identical to another incident involving the same aircraft at the same location, see Incident: Merpati B734 at Makassar on Jan 16th 2009, rejected takeoff, blown tyres.

The aircraft was accelerating through 130 knots for takeoff from Makassar's runway 31 when the captain heard a blast sound followed by the aircraft veering to the left. The captain rejected takeoff, slowed the aircraft to taxi speed and intended to steer the aircraft onto the runway turn area and backtrack the runway back to the apron. An airport security officer however provided hand signals to discontinue taxi, prompting the captain to stop the aircraft on the runway turn area.

It is noteworthy that the remainder of the report is nearly identical to the report of Jan 16th 2009, the photos of Jan 16th 2009 also showing the runway damage caused by this occurrence. Again 4 of the 16 bolts of the #1 wheel had separated as result of fatigue cracks caused by corrosion in the bolt threads due to lack of cadmium plating.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 20, 2008


Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-400

ICAO Type Designator

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