Etihad Regional Saab bounced before nose-gear failure

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French investigators indicate that a nose-gear collapse involving an Etihad Regional Saab 2000 was preceded by a hard landing.

The aircraft (HB-IZG) had been operating from Leipzig Altenburg to Paris Charles de Gaulle on 28 January.

French investigation authority BEA, in a bulletin, states that the aircraft “contacted the runway hard” as it landed, and bounced.

As the Saab touched down again, it says, the axle of the nose-gear fractured. The aircraft came to a halt on the runway.

BEA says none of the 16 occupants was injured. The flight had been one of the first services to fly under the Etihad Regional brand following the tie-up between Darwin Airline and Etihad Airways.