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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122269
Last updated: 18 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-211
Owner/operator:Vueling Airlines
Registration: EC-GRH
MSN: 146
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 157
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Seville Airport -   Spain
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Barcelona Airport (BCN)
Destination airport:Seville
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
A Vueling Airbus A320-200, performing flight VY2220 from Barcelona to Sevilla in Spain aborted the approach to Sevilla's runway 27 due to fault indications regarding the nose wheel steering and performed a low approach instead.
The nose gear was in its down and locked position, the nose wheel however appeared rotated by about 20 degrees. The airplane entered a holding to troubleshoot the issue and subsequently landed on runway 27 with the nose wheels rotated by 90 degrees at 20:52 local time about 25 minutes after the first approach. The airplane came to a safe stop, no injuries occurred, the airplane received grinding damage to the nose wheels.

The incident occurred due to the wheels of the nose landing gear of the aircraft turning irreversibly to the physical limit of 95 with respect to their longitudinal axis, in the air and with the nose landing gear locked in the down position.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that three independent faults giving rise to the incident had coincided in time, although it was not possible to determine their origin.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of EC-GRH courtesy

Brussels - National / Melsbroek (EBBR / EBMB / BRU)
15 March 2012; (c) Freek Blokzijl

Revision history:

13-May-2011 03:52 whiteshark Added
01-Aug-2020 16:36 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2020 16:38 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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