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16 Jun 2018 - EI-FHD Tyre burst and hydraulic system A failure

On 16 June 2018, 737-800, EI-FHD, (39011/3946), of Norwegian Air International, was en-route from KEF (BIKF) to MAD (LEMD) when the crew reported a hydraulic failure and elected to divert into Birmingham (EGBB).

A video posted on YouTube shows that the left hand inboard tyre was deflated in flight and shredded on landing. Also flight spoilers 8 & 10 were the only spoilers in use (there was a crosswind from the right) which suggests that hydraulic system A had been lost in-flight.

As a technical point, due to the availablilty of System B and the standby system, the only services lost, assuming no secondary damage, should have been:

  • Alternate brakes,
  • A/P A,
  • Eng 1 thrust reverser,
  • Ground spoilers and
  • Flight spoilers 2, 4, 9, 11.
  • Also a manual gear extension will have been required.


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EI-FHD touchdown

Still from the YouTube video showing tyre debris on touchdown and only flight spoilers 8 & 10 deployed.

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