Airbus A321-231, G-MARA
The aircraft made a hard landing, in a flat attitude, in which the nose landing gear sustained internal damage. An engineer, following the process in the Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), determined that no inspections were required as the relevant recorded parameters had not exceeded the stated threshold values. On the subsequent flight, the flight crew were unable to retract the landing gear; investigation of this defect identified internal damage to the nose landing gear and a bent proximity switch link rod. The nose landing gear was replaced and extensive inspections conducted before the aircraft was released to service. Three Safety Recommendations are made.
Airbus A321-231, G-MARA 06-09.pdf (924.22 kb)