TAAG B737 at Soyo on Apr 30th 2017, nose gear retracted after landing

Last Update: May 18, 2017 / 15:03:36 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 30, 2017

Classification
Accident

Flight number
DT-130

Destination
Soyo, Angola

Aircraft Registration
D2-TBF

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

Airport ICAO Code
FNSO

A TAAG Angola Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration D2-TBF performing flight DT-130 from Luanda to Soyo (Angola) with 40 passengers and 6 crew, landed on Soyo's runway 24 at 11:00L (10:00Z) but came to a stop on the runway with nose gear retracted/collapsed. No injuries are being reported, the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The airline reported the aircraft became immobilized just after it had landed sound and safely and was preparing to taxi to the apron. There were no injuries.

A passenger reported the nose gear did not extend at all, the main gear was partially extended but not vertical when the aircraft touched down on its belly.

The airport reported the nose gear collapsed while landing and maneouvering to the apron. INAVIC (Angola's Civil Aviation Authority) have dispatched investigators to Soyo.

A ground observer reported only the nose gear collapsed. Gossip at the airport is going around, that the first officer instead of selecting the flaps up moved the gear lever up, however, the ground observer is sceptical arguing the weight on wheel sensors would prevent gear retraction.

On May 5th 2017 the airline reported that the aircraft was finally removed from the runway after a complex operation. The causes of the accident are being investigated by Angola's government. The damage to the aircraft appears to be limited to the nose gear doors.

On May 18th 2017 The Aviation Herald received background information reporting that the first officer had moved the gear handle, including overriding the safety to move the gear lever, into the up position while attempting to move the flaps lever up. The nose wheel well aft bulkhead has compression damage. Current intention is to ferry the aircraft unpressurized and with gear down to a maintenance facility.

Metars:
FNSO 301200Z 18006KT 150V220 9999 SCT021 ///// Q1012=
FNSO 301100Z 21006G16KT 9999 FEW020 ///// Q1013=
FNSO 301000Z 21009KT 9999 FEW020 ///// Q1014=
FNSO 300900Z 20007KT 9999 SCT018 ///// Q1014=
FNSO 300800Z 17007KT 9999 SCT018 ///// Q1014=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 30, 2017

Classification
Accident

Flight number
DT-130

Destination
Soyo, Angola

Aircraft Registration
D2-TBF

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-700

ICAO Type Designator
B737

Airport ICAO Code
FNSO

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