Airbus A320-214, G-OZBY
The aircraft was being operated on a flight crew ‘base training’ detail. While taking off after a touch-and-go landing, a takeoff configuration warning was generated. The commander rejected the takeoff and brought the aircraft to a halt on the remainder of the runway. The nose landing gear sustained some damage as the aircraft de-rotated on to the nosewheel during the manoeuvre. The crew did not consider the touchdown on the nose landing gear to be excessive and were not aware of the damage.
After a short delay, the training detail was continued. On the subsequent takeoff, with the co-pilot as PF, an ECAM message, l/g shock absorber fault was generated. This meant that the landing gear could not be retracted and that the autopilot and autothrust were unusable. During the climbout the aircraft started to descend so the commander took control and resumed the climb to circuit altitude.
After considering the status of the aircraft, the commander cancelled the training detail and the aircraft was diverted to a maintenance base.
Published 10 December 2014