Undercarriage failure a mystery

No explanation has yet been offered for the landing gear failure which prompted a dramatic emergency landing by a British Airways airliner at Manchester airport on Sunday night. The undercarriage of the British Aerospace ATP aircraft in the accident was supplied by Anglo-French venture Messier-Dowty. ‘We’ve obviously offered our total support to the customer,’ Dowty […]

No explanation has yet been offered for the landing gear failure which prompted a dramatic emergency landing by a British Airways airliner at Manchester airport on Sunday night.

The undercarriage of the British Aerospace ATP aircraft in the accident was supplied by Anglo-French venture Messier-Dowty. ‘We’ve obviously offered our total support to the customer,’ Dowty said on Tuesday. ‘At this point the customer has not requested any help.’

Dowty was ‘in very close contact’ with BAe. British Airways said the ATP had been serviced a few days before the crash.

In 1990 BA grounded its ATP fleet after an undercarriage failure. The Civil Aviation Authority then insisted on checks on ATP landing gear valves every 30 hours.

The Air Accident Investigation Bureau is now trying to discover why the left landing gear of the turboprop aircraft was faulty.