Lulutai SF34 at Vava'u and Nuku'alofa on Dec 8th 2023, hydraulic problem, gear problem and gear collapse
Last Update: January 24, 2024 / 20:15:25 GMT/Zulu time
Passengers reported while on landing approach to Vava'u the aircraft suddenly changed direction and turned away from Vava'u again, the captain subsequently announced there had been a technical problem and they were returning to Nuku'alofa. Cabin crew told the passengers there was a hydraulic problem. When the aircraft landed back in Nuku'alofa there was a massive boom and the aircraft went sideways, seats broke, then the aircraft suddenly stopped as if it had hit something. The aircraft was evacuated.
In a press release the airline reported the aircraft had safely landed back and was taxiing to the terminal when upon turning the aircraft experienced a technical issue, turned and hit a cement block on the side of the apron with the right hand wing becoming lodged on the cement block.
On Jan 24th 2024 the Swedish Haverikommission reported the aircraft experienced hydraulic problems on approach and worked the related checklists. After an eventless landing at Nuku'alofa the aircraft vacated the runway and was taxiing towards the apron when the aircraft lost its braking capability and collided with a concrete foundation at low speed. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The occurrence was rated an accident, the Swedish Accident Investigation nominated an accredited representative to join the investigation.
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