Accident Boeing 737-59D G-BVKC, Saturday 21 February 2004
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Date:Saturday 21 February 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic B735 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-59D
Registration: G-BVKC
MSN: 24695/1872
Year of manufacture:1990
Total airframe hrs:31210 hours
Cycles:33633 flights
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-3C1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 120
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Cardiff-Wales Airport (CWL) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Málaga Airport (AGP/LEMG)
Destination airport:Cardiff-Wales Airport (CWL/EGFF)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The left main landing gear (MLG) began a violent shimmy (yaw oscillation) when the wheelbrakes were applied after a normal landing touchdown, probably damaging the MLG lower torsion link. The shimmying stopped when braking was reduced but restarted when braking was increased, causing the torsion link to fracture. Further higher amplitude shimmying of the left MLG ensued, resulting in severe MLG tyre, wheel and brake damage and substantial oscillatory loads on the aircraft structure. Steering difficulties were experienced during both shimmying episodes.
It was likely that the shimmying resulted from excessive wear of the torsion link apex joint that reduced the effectiveness of the shimmy damper. Maintenance records indicated that the MLG had been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations, but it was considered that relevant Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) procedures could be difficult to

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2004/02/03
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


AAIB Bulletin 4/2005

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photo (c) AAIB; 21 February 2004

photo (c) Ian Jenkins; London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)

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