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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Datum:zaterdag 21 februari 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic B735 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-59D
Registratie: G-BVKC
Constructienummer: 24695/1872
Bouwjaar: 1990-06-01 (13 years 9 months)
Aantal vlieguren:31210
Aantal vluchten:33633
Motoren: 2 CFMI CFM56-3C1
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 114
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 120
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Cardiff-Wales Airport (CWL) (   Verenigd Koninkrijk)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Málaga Airport (AGP/LEMG), Spanje
Vliegveld van aankomst:Cardiff-Wales Airport (CWL/EGFF), Verenigd Koninkrijk
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
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: EW/C2004/02/03
Download report: Summary report

» AAIB Bulletin 4/2005


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Boeing 737 main gear torsion links
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accident date: 21-02-2004
type: Boeing 737-59D
registration: G-BVKC

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Málaga Airport en Cardiff-Wales Airport bedraagt 1629 km (1018 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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