Airbus A340-642, G-VSHY, 25 February 2006

Airbus A340-642, G-VSHY


Towards the end of the final approach to Runway 09R at London Heathrow Airport, in strong gusting crosswind conditions, the aircraft began to drift to the right of the runway extended centreline. At the moment of touchdown, the aircraft was drifting to the right, its heading was some 10º to the left of its track and its roll attitude was approximately 3.5º right wing low. These factors resulted in the tyres of the two outer wheels of the right main landing gear making firm contact with the right edge line of the designated runway surface. The aircraft remained on the paved surface but both tyres deformed and burst, causing minor damage to the aircraft. Following the touchdown, the aircraft tracked to the left and regained the runway centreline. The flight crew slowed the aircraft and turned off the runway on to a taxiway, where it was brought to a stop. Here, the passengers disembarked and were taken to the terminal by bus. After an inspection, the aircraft was towed to a nearby stand.

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