Tunisair A320 badly damaged during high-wind landing

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One of Tunisian flag-carrier Tunisair's Airbus A320s has been badly damaged after sustaining a nose-gear collapse at its Tunis Carthage base.

The twinjet had been arriving as flight TU712 from Casablanca at around 14:20 on 6 February.

Tunisair states that there were strong wind gusts as the aircraft landed, and it experienced a "slight" excursion from the runway.

The 75 passengers and eight crew members left the aircraft normally, the carrier adds, and there were no injuries.

Images from the scene show that the aircraft sustained heavy nose damage, including fuselage skin wrinkling, during the collapse of the nose-gear.

They also identify the aircraft as bearing registration TS-IMB, which Flightglobal's Ascend Online database lists as a 1990 airframe - a relatively old example - powered by CFM International CFM56 engines.

Meteorological data for Tunis Carthage at the time of the accident given by Tunisair show gusts of nearly 40kt from the west.

Tunisair says the ministry of transport has established an inquiry to determine the circumstances of the accident.