Event Details

Title:Landing gear fire during touch-and-gos, Boeing 757-236, G-BMRE
Micro summary:While this Boeing 757-236 was performing touch-and-gos, flames were seen emanating from the landing gear.
Event Time:2005-07-30 at 0819 UTC
File Name:2005-07-30-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2005/07/37
Diversion Airport:Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England
Site of event:Nottingham East Midlands Airport
Departure:Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England
Destination:Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 757-236
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):British Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Diverted to:Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England
Executive Summary:The aircraft had been positioned at Nottingham East Midlands Airport early in the morning of 30 July 2005, following which various maintenance activities took place, including changing the No 3 wheel brake unit. The aircraft subsequently took off to fly training circuits but, on the second touch-and-go, the Control Tower advised the crew that flames were seen to be coming from the right main landing gear. The commander elected to continue the touch-and-go and to fly a circuit with the landing gear down, as he was concerned about stopping the aircraft in the runway distance remaining. After a successful landing, the aircraft was brought to a stop on the runway and inspected by the fire service, prior to being towed to a stand.

The fire was later attributed to a failure in the No 3 brake unit. This was caused by the end cap of the brake torque rod not being refitted during the maintenance activity, thus allowing one end of the brake torque rod to become detached and scrape along the ground during the landing. The brake unit rotated with the wheel during the rollout, causing damage to the wheel, severance of the brake hose and damage to the brake temperature monitoring components.
Learning Keywords:Systems - Brake/Tire/Wheel Well Fire
Systems - Landing Gear
Close match:Landed short, Serious incident occurring January 20th, 1999 at Frankfurt/Main to a Boeing B747-400
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Brake fire after landing, Boeing 747-467, VR-HUE, 9 September 1996
Wheel well warning on climb, Boeing 737, OY-KKP
Gear fire, Overseas National Airways, Inc., McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63, N863F, Bangor, Maine, June 20, 1973
Gear fire, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, April 17, 1994
Rejected takeoff, Lockheed L-1011-385-1-15, August 7, 1997
Rejected takeoff, McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10, October 12, 2003
Rejected takeoff, Boeing 767-3YOER, ZS-PBI, London Gatwick Airport


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