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Turkish Pegasus Airlines Airbus A320 lands with nose gear tilted 90 degrees

A Pegasus Airlines Airbus A320Neo lands with nose gear tilted 90 degrees.

The Airbus A320-200N, registration TC-NBH was performing flight PC-939 from Istanbul, Turkey to Basel, Switzerland.

The entire flight went uneventful however as the aircraft came to land the nose gear was tilted 90 degrees due to which during landing both nose tires burst, and one of the nose wheels was ground down before the aircraft came to a standstill on the runway centerline.

Similar incidents involving nose gear tilted to 90 degrees have occurred earlier involving the Airbus A320; most recently during 2019.

From earlier cases, the probable cause for Jet Blue A320’s nose gear tilted incident was 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 while 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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