One of Russian carrier Nordwind’s Airbus A321s has suffered serious nose-gear damage after a hard landing at Turkey’s Antalya airport.
The carrier says the aircraft had been conducting the flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo without passengers on 10 January.
“While conducting a go-around, due to windshear, a hard landing occurred,” says the airline, adding that the aircraft subsequently made a safe landing.
Inspection of the jet after its arrival, adds Nordwind, revealed that it had sustained damage to the nose-gear.
Images on social media indicate that the underside of the fuselage in the area has been badly crumpled, and elements of the nose-gear assembly have been pushed upwards through the cabin floor behind the cockpit.
“No-one was injured as a result of the event,” the airline adds.
An unverified, but outwardly authentic, load report from the aircraft (VQ-BRS) has also been circulated online indicating that the aircraft experienced a 2.64g landing.
It accompanies a handwritten pilot’s report which states that the twinjet had conducted a stable approach to runway 36C before the hard landing, which the report attributes to windshear at the threshold.
During the go-around the aircraft experienced instrument problems and the pilots, sensing smoke, donned oxygen masks and declared an emergency before carrying out a low pass over the runway for a visual check of the landing-gear.
Further systems problems occurred, says the pilot report, and the emergency was reiterated before the crew carried out a visual approach and landing on runway 36C.
Meteorological data for Antalya indicates that the airport had been experiencing winds of around 16kt, gusting to 26kt, around the time of the event.
Cirium fleets data lists the aircraft as an International Aero Engines V2500-powered jet, delivered to the Russian airline in May 2017.