ATSB investigating 737-800 landing gear failure

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The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau is investigating an incident where the landing gear of a JetConnect Boeing 737-800 failed while taxiing to its bay at Sydney airport.

The incident occurred on 10 June at 08:30 local time, after the aircraft bearing registration ZK-ZQB landed on a flight from Auckland. It was operating a flight on behalf of Qantas.

“During taxi, the crew felt a vibration from the landing gear and experienced difficulty taxiing the aircraft. An inspection revealed the right outer main wheel had fractured into several pieces,” says the ATSB.

The investigator notes that there were no injuries as a result of the incident, while the damage to the aircraft was described as “minor.”

The investigation is expected to be completed in September 2014, the ATSB adds.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows that the 737 was built in 2009 for Qantas, and is owned by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. In September of that year it was subleased to JetConnect, which operates Qantas’s trans-Tasman flights.