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Mexican 737-300 suffers gear collapse after touchdown

Mexico City’s international airport was forced to close a runway for 4h after a Boeing 737-300 suffered a landing-gear collapse after touchdown.

The accident involved a Magnicharters service, UJ779, from Cancun.

Mexico City’s operator states that runway 05L/23R was closed after the aircraft arrived at around 18:26 on 26 November.

The aircraft (XA-UNM) sustained a main-gear collapse as it landed, the operator adds.

None of the 139 passengers and five crew members was injured in the accident.

Images from the scene indicate that the aircraft’s left-hand CFM International CFM56 powerplant contacted the ground following the collapse.

Meteorological data from Mexico City at the time shows no unusual weather activity.

Flightglobal's Fleets Analyzer database shows that the jet is a 27-year old airframe which was originally delivered to United Airlines in 1988. It also served in the fleet of Brazilian budget carrier Gol.

While the circumstances of the event have yet to be determined, it follows other landing accidents involving older 737s in the past month.

British Airways franchise partner Comair suffered a gear collapse to a 737-400 at Johannesburg in October while a Shaheen Air 737-400 was badly damaged at Lahore in early November.

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