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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192586
Last updated: 5 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8FE (WL)
Owner/operator:Virgin Australia
Registration: VH-VUH
C/n / msn: 34440/2003
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Brisbane Airport (YBBN), Brisbane, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Brisbane International Airport, QLD (BNE/YBBN)
Destination airport:Melbourne-Tullamarine Airport, VIC (MEL/YMML)
Investigating agency: ATSB
Whilst taxiing in preparation for departure from Brisbane Airport, the aircraft experienced a landing gear failure in which the outboard wheel hub separated from the left-hand landing gear. The aircraft was subsequently unable to be towed back to the terminal.

Contributing factors:
A majority of the wheel's tie bolt assemblies loosened while in service, likely due to grease or anti-seize compound between the mating wheel halves. This resulted in fatigue cracking and ultimately, wheel rupture.
The tie bolt assemblies on this wheel-type (single-web) were more prone than dual-web wheels to loosening during service, however there were no inspections for detecting loose tie bolt assemblies in service and no effective mandated risk controls to prevent wheel rupture.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Photo of VH-VUH courtesy

Adelaide - International (YPAD / ADL)
14 March 2020; (c) Gavin Hughes

Revision history:

06-Jan-2017 06:43 Pineapple Added
31-Mar-2020 19:54 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]
31-Mar-2020 19:54 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

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