Nearly 30 flights were affected when a Saudia A330-343 lost a wheel on its nose landing gear while lining up for departure at Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport on December 27, 2017. Flight SV895 was scheduled to depart to Riyadh from RWY27 at 1730hrs (IST) with 300 passengers on-board when the pilots had to forcefully stop the aircraft after the A330 developed a technical snag. Emergency services quickly responded after the pilot informed ATC of the situation.

The passengers were deplaned on the runway and taken to the terminal safely. The A330 at this point had caused a number of go-arounds after being stranded on the runway. Most arriving traffic was diverted to nearby airports, while a few flights returned to their departure airport. Three flights from Lucknow which were due to depart were grounded until the aircraft was moved.

The aircraft at the time of the incident with emergency personnel surrounding it. (Photo Credits: Aneesh Phadnis)
A close-up of the A330’s nose landing gear showing the missing wheel. (Photo Credits: ANI)

The aircraft involved was a seven-year-old A330-343 registered HZ-AQC and powered by two Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines. Following the incident, the runway was closed for about six hours until the aircraft was finally towed to a remote stand. Ground engineers at Lucknow contributed to the repairs of the A330: about six days later the snag was fixed and the repaired aircraft was flown back to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian Aviation Investigation Bureau (AIB), an independent body regulated by the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), stated that an investigation has been launched into the cause of the incident. A more detailed report can be expected soon.

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