Austrian F70 at Dusseldorf on May 3rd 2013, could not retract nose gear

Last Update: May 3, 2013 / 17:29:46 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 3, 2013

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OS-202

Destination
Graz, Austria

Aircraft Registration
OE-LFK

Aircraft Type
Fokker 70

ICAO Type Designator
F70

An Austrian Airlines Fokker 70, registration OE-LFK performing flight OS-202 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Graz (Austria) with 39 passengers, was climbing out of Dusseldorf's runway 05L when the crew reported they could not retract the nose gear, stopped the climb at FL080 and decided to return to Dusseldorf for a safe landing on runway 05L about 20 minutes after departure.

A passenger reported that during the climb the gear was retracted and extended a number of times, both main gear legs audibly retracted, some time later the crew however reported that the nose gear could not be retracted and they were returning to Dusseldorf. The aircraft landed normally back to Dusseldorf, no emergency services were on stand by, and taxied to a remote stand. The crew suspected that perhaps the gear pin had been forgotten, however, after a brief inspection the crew announced that a more complex fault had occurred, the passengers disembarked and were taken to the terminal by bus. The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.

The airline reported the crew received indication that the nose gear had not retracted and decided to return to Dusseldorf. The passengers were rebooked. A maintenance team has been dispatched to Dusseldorf.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 3, 2013

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OS-202

Destination
Graz, Austria

Aircraft Registration
OE-LFK

Aircraft Type
Fokker 70

ICAO Type Designator
F70

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