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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Date:Saturday 15 January 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-214
Operator:Thomas Cook Airlines
Registration: G-BXKD
C/n / msn: 735
First flight: 1997-09-24 (7 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B4/P
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 177
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 184
Airplane damage: Unknown
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   Bulgaria)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria
The Thomas Cook Airlines flight from took off Gatwick for Sofia was being operated by a Airbus A320. Staff at the airport reported that the nose gear wheel had come off during the take off. Which was later confirmed by air traffic control. The flight was set into a holding pattern to burn fuel. 4 hours later the flight was cleared for a emergency landing on runway 08R . During the landing the nose gear collapsed, causing the nose and both engines to scrape along the runway.

Probable Cause:

The report did not contain a probable cause statement.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: EW/C2005/01/02
Download report: Final report


Forced landing on runway

Follow-up / safety actions

AAIB issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from London-Gatwick Airport to Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport as the crow flies is 1997 km (1248 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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