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16 Nov 2019 - Preliminary report issued into 5N-BQO Air Peace 737-300 NLG Failure on landing at Lagos 23 Jul 2019

On 23 July 2019 737-300, 5N-BQO (28571/3022 ex OO-VEH) was landing at Lagos (DNMM) runway 18R at 10:20z (11:20L) in rain when it landed on the nose gear causing the nose wheels to break off.

DNMM 231000Z 26004KT 3000 -RA BKN009 FEW019CB 25/24 Q1016 TEMPO 5000 -TSRA=

At about 500 ft, the wiper was selected to HIGH position by the Captain (PM) due to intensity of the rain, who also reported field in sight with affirmation from the F/O (PF). At 100ft AGL, auto pilot was disengaged by the PF.

According to the Captain, during the callouts: 50, 30, she noticed that the aircraft was not aligned with the centre line of the runway, and took control, after announcing “I have controls” and “corrected back on the centreline”. The crew stated that, “...the right wheels touched down, simultaneously, we lost visibility and nose wheel touched down… We heard a loud screeching noise and metals grinding, we also saw a lot of debris flying around”.

The aircraft came to a halt on the runway and the passengers eventually disembarked the aircraft using moveable passengers’ stairs on the main cabin door (L2) while the crew awaited the authorities.

On arrival at the scene of the accident, the investigators found that the engines were shutdown but the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) was still running.

The recordings of the occurrence on the CVR were found overwritten.

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Stopping position of 5N-BQO after the incident

IMMEDIATE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Immediate Safety Recommendations 2019-004
    NCAA should ensure that all airline operators review their SOPs to include procedure for isolating power to the cockpit voice recorder to preserve its contents from being overwritten, in the event of any reportable occurrence.
  2. Immediate Safety Recommendations 2019-005
    Air Peace Limited should ensure that flight crew adheres to strict compliance with Company Operations Manual (OM Part A) Chapter 11 (11.4.3) on Preservation of Recordings.
  3. Immediate Safety Recommendations 2019-006
    NCAA should ensure that Air Peace Limited complies with Immediate Safety Recommendations 2019-005 in accordance with Nig.CARs 8.5.1.24 (b)(c); IS: 9.2.2.5.
  4. Immediate Safety Recommendations 2019-007
    Air Peace Limited should ensure that best handling technique is emphasized during crew training on single channel auto-pilot operation.
  5. Immediate Safety Recommendations 2019-008
    Air Peace Limited should ensure that its crew adheres strictly to the Company’s SOP in carrying out a missed approach/go-around promptly, below 1000 ft AGL in an unstabilized approach.
  6. Immediate Safety Recommendations 2019-009
    NCAA should circulate an ALL OPERATORS LETTER (AOL) to airlines on the need for their crew to carry out emergency evacuation; being the best option, in the event of a serious incident or accident; with the aircraft structure compromised during landing or stops in an unapproved aircraft maneuvering area.

The preliminary report is available here.

Air Peace has had a number of events recently including the following:

15 May 2019 - 737-300 5N-BUK Hard landing at Lagos resulting in damage to the engine pod and the landing gear

22 Jun 2019 - 737-500, 5N-BRN, operated by Air Peace has skidded off the left hand side of Runway 21 at Port Harcourt, Nigeria at 14:42Z whilst landing in heavy rain.

23 Jul 2019 - 737-300 5N-BQO NLG Failure on landing at Lagos

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