VivaAeroBus A320 at Puerto Vallarta on Mar 18th 2021, nose gear collapse during backtrack for departure

Last Update: May 28, 2021 / 14:43:18 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 18, 2021

Classification
Accident

Flight number
VB-4343

Aircraft Registration
XA-VAZ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Airport ICAO Code
MMPR

A VivaAeroBus Airbus A320-200, registration XA-VAZ performing flight VB-4343 from Puerto Vallarta to Monterrey (Mexico) with 127 people on board, was backtracking runway 22 for departure. While doing the 180 turn to line up for takeoff at 13:42L (19:42Z) the nose gear collapsed. The aircraft was evacuated via slides. No injuries occurred.

The airline confirmed a nose gear failure prior to takeoff. The aircraft carried 127 passengers and crew. No injuries occurred. The passengers are being taken to Monterrey on alternatives. The occurrence is under investigation.

On Mar 26th 2021 Mexico's Accident Investigation Board reported that during the 180 degrees turn to line up runway 22 for departure the nose gear fractured causing the nose gear strut to hit runway 22. The aircraft received substantial damage, the occurrence was rated an accident and is being investigated by Mexico's AIB.

On May 28th 2021 Germany's BFU announced in their March Bulletin, that they supported the investigation by Mexico's AIB following the fracture of the nose gear because one of the components was designed/manufactured in Germany.

Related NOTAMs:
A1306/21 NOTAMR A1305/21
Q) MMFR/QMRLC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/2041N10515W
A) MMPR
B) 2103182023
C) 2103182200
E) RWY 22 BTN THR RWY 22 AND TWY G CLSD

A1305/21 NOTAMN
Q) MMFR/QMRLC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/2041N10515W002
A) MMPR
B) 2103182007
C) 2103182200
E) THR RWY 22 BTN TWY A AND TWY G CLSD

Metars:
MMPR 182049Z 20011KT 15SM SKC 23/16 A2992 RMK SLP129 57014 911=
MMPR 181943Z 21012KT 15SM SKC 23/17 A2995=
MMPR 181844Z 21010KT 15SM SKC 23/16 A2996=
MMPR 181743Z 22008KT 15SM SKC 23/13 A2997 RMK SLP146 52001 911=
MMPR 181643Z 19007KT 15SM SKC 23/11 A2997=
MMPR 181542Z 00000KT 15SM SKC 21/12 A2997=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 18, 2021

Classification
Accident

Flight number
VB-4343

Aircraft Registration
XA-VAZ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

Airport ICAO Code
MMPR

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