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A Batik Air Airbus A320 lands with nose wheel rotated sideways


A Batik Air Airbus A320-200 with the registration PK-LUT was performing flight ID-6803 from Jambi to Jakarta, Indonesia with 117 passengers and 6 crew on board.


The A320 after departure from runway 31, stopped climb at 3000ft due to problems with the nose gear.


The aircraft returned 25 minutes later to Jambi airport and came to a stop on the runway. The aircraft nose gear turned 90 degrees sideways. The passengers disembarked onto the runway via stairs. Ground observes reported that during the roll out fire, sparks, and smoke were observed from the nose gear.


The Airbus A320 has a history of twisted nose wheel gear-related issues. Earlier this year A Pegasus Airlines Airbus A320Neo landed with nose gear tilted 90 degrees. ( https://www.aviatorsmaldives.com/post/turkish-pegasus-airlines-airbus-a320-lands-with-nose-gear-tilted-90-degrees )


Earlier, A Jet Blue A320’s nose gear tilted incident occurred due to fatigue failure of two anti-rotation lugs due to repeated cyclic pre-landing tests, which allowed the nosewheels to deviate from the 0-degree position on landing gear retraction.

An America West Airlines A320’s nose gear was tilted 90 degrees due to the failure of the external o-rings in the nose landing gear steering module.

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