Passengers unhurt as Rio Sul 737 gear collapses

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Investigators in Brazil are studying a Boeing 737-500 operated by Brazilian flag-carrier Varig’s regional subsidiary Rio Sul after its left main gear collapsed as the twin-jet landed at Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves International Airport yesterday.

None of the 101 passengers and six crew on board was hurt in the incident which occurred as flight SL5370 landed after being diverted because of bad weather to the international airport from the city’s Pampulha downtown airport, following a domestic flight from Rio de Janeiro.

It is currently unclear whether the aircraft, registered PT-SSI, suffered a failure of its hydraulic system – as some Brazilian media reports suggest – or whether the gear collapse related to a hard landing, possibly because of the weather conditions.