Incident Boeing 737-8FE (WL) VH-VUH, Wednesday 4 January 2017
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Date:Wednesday 4 January 2017
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
MSN: 34440/2003
Year of manufacture:2006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Brisbane International Airport, QLD (BNE/YBBN) -   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
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report


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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