Peace B733 at Lagos on Jul 23rd 2019, hard landing causes nose wheels to separate

Last Update: November 18, 2019 / 14:37:17 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 23, 2019

Classification
Accident

Airline
Air Peace

Flight number
P4-7191

Destination
Lagos, Nigeria

Aircraft Registration
5N-BQO

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

An Air Peace Boeing 737-300, registration 5N-BQO performing flight P4-7191 from Port Harcourt to Lagos (Nigeria) with 133 passengers and 6 crew, landed on Lagos' runway 18R at about 11:20L (10:20Z) but suffered a hard touch down causing both nose wheels to separate from the nose gear strut. The aircraft skidded to a halt on the runway on main wheels and the rest of the nose gear strut. There was one minor injury. The aircraft sustained substantial damage as did the runway.

Nigeria's AIB have opened an investigation into the occurrence stating the aircraft's nose wheels collapsed on landing on runway 18R. There was one minor injury.

The airline reported due to a sudden weather change the captain requested the longer international runway rather than the domestic runway. After landing safely while attempting to turn off the runway the nose gear developed a problem and partially collapsed.

On Nov 18th 2019 the NAIB released their preliminary report stating the first officer (31, CPL, 1,090 hours total, 850 hours on type) was pilot flying, the captain (32, ATPL, 5,100 hours total, 4,900 hours on type) was pilot monitoring. The NAIB described the landing:

At 11:26:12 h, the CT gave APK7191 final landing clearance as “APK7191 exercise caution, runway surface is wet, wind 290o /06 kt runway 18R cleared to land’’. The crew responded as follows: “cleared to land runway 18R APK7191”.

At about 500 ft, the wiper was selected to HIGH position by the PM due to intensity of the rain, who also reported field in sight with affirmation from the PF. At 100 ft above ground level (AGL), auto pilot was disengaged by the PF.

According to the Captain, during the callouts: 50, 30, the PM noticed that the aircraft was not aligned with the centre line of the runway, and took control, after announcing “I have controls” and “corrected back on the centreline”. The crew stated that, “...the right wheels touched down, simultaneously, we lost visibility and nose wheel touched down… We heard a loud screeching noise and metals grinding, we also saw a lot of debris flying around”.

The NAIB reported the aircraft came to a stop 2491 meters past the runway threshold. Half of the right wheel assembly of the nose gear was found 971 meters past the runway threshold, the left nose wheel assembly was found 1058 meters from the runway threshold and the larger half of the right nose wheel was found 1129 meters past the threshold. Runway tracks showing the aircraft skidding on the nose gear strut extended from 971 meters past the threshold to its final position.

Related NOTAM:
A0141/19 NOTAMN
Q) DNKK/QMRLC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/0635N00319E005
A) DNMM B) 1907231500 C) 1907241500
E) RWY 18R/36L CLSD

Metars:
DNMM 231200Z 28003KT 8000 BKN009 FEW019CB 25/25 Q1015 NOSIG=
DNMM 231100Z 26005KT 5000 -RA BKN009 FEW019CB 25/24 Q1016 BECMG 6000 -RA=
DNMM 231000Z 26004KT 3000 -RA BKN009 FEW019CB 25/24 Q1016 TEMPO 5000 -TSRA=
DNMM 230900Z 23005KT 9999 BKN010 FEW020CB 26/24 Q1016 TEMPO TS=
DNMM 230800Z 21004KT 7000 -RA BKN009 FEW019CB 25/24 Q1016 NOSIG=
DNMM 230700Z 29003KT 5000 1400N RA BKN009 FEW019CB 25/24 Q1015 TEMPO 3000 -RA=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 23, 2019

Classification
Accident

Airline
Air Peace

Flight number
P4-7191

Destination
Lagos, Nigeria

Aircraft Registration
5N-BQO

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

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