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Brazil’s civil aviation authority has warned it could suspend Miami-based cargo carrier Centurion Cargo following a 13 October landing incident in which the airline’s Boeing MD-11 freighter’s left landing gear collapsed.

The incident at Viracopos-Campinas International Airport, one of three major airports serving Sao Paulo, led to the runway being closed until 17:35 yesterday. The aircraft was removed from the runway at 16:20, says Brazil’s civil aviation authority ANAC.

It adds that it will take “appropriate measures” against Centurion, which could include fines, restrictions on operations and even a suspension of the airline in Brazil.

Reports said the MD-11, registration N988AR, was operating from Miami to Sao Paulo and had landed on its left engine and wing-tip after its left landing gear collapsed. No one was injured in the incident but the aircraft was reportedly substantially damaged.

Centurion could not be reached for comment. The privately-owned cargo carrier, based at Miami International Airport, operates three other MD-11Fs, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows. The MD-11F involved in the landing incident was built in 1991 and is owned by lessor AerCap. It had accumulated more than 69,000 hours.