Silkair A319 at Solo on Mar 6th 2012, reported gear fire on landing
Last Update: January 3, 2014 / 15:44:13 GMT/Zulu time
Uncertain identification combined with ineffective communication by the controller caused the pilot to make the emergency decision.
The NTSC reported: "The aircraft landed at 0158 UTC. During landing roll, the controller observed smoke on the left main landing gear and informed to the SLK pilot. The controller communicated in unclear English. The communication was assisted by the pilot of another aircraft by translating to and from Indonesia and English.
For five minutes the pilot repeatedly asked Marmo Tower for more information to find out whether there was smoke and/or fire. At 0204 UTC, Marmo Tower said to the pilot that there was fire and the pilot made decision to conduct passenger emergency evacuation between the taxiway Bravo and apron."
During the subsequent emergency evacuation one of the passengers received minor injuries.
The NTSC stated that there was no evidence of fire. The controller however was not eligible to conduct duty as controller.
A post event examination showed that:
- There was no damage or sign of fire on the wheel and brake assembly number 2;
- Found dry/burnt grease of estimate size 8 cm3 on heat shield;
- The tire pressure was normal, no fuse plugs melted;
- There was no sign of any hydraulic leak or grease on brake number 2;
- There was no sign of damage on the axle sleeve number 2.
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