Icelandair Boeing 757-200 suffers main landing gear collapse.

by Travel Radar

Boeing 757-200 landing gear collapses after landing.

IcelandAir Flight FI592 from Berlin Tegal to Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik (KEF/BIKF) operated by Boeing 757-200 (TF-FIA) suffered a main landing gear collapse on landing.

The flight touched down around 15:42 UTC in stormy conditions with winds of up to 56 knots reported. The flight had 166 passengers on board when the right main landing gear collapsed.

The aircraft involved a Boeing 757-200 registered TF-FIA with serial number 29310 was first delivered to Iberia in 2000, and has been with Icelandair since 2007. Currently at the age of 19.

So far no injuries have been reported the incident closed the runway forcing many flight to return to their origin.

Flightradar24 Showing 5 WizzAir flights all returning to origin.

Following METAR was recorded during the arrival:

METAR Weather report:15:00 UTC / 16:00 local time:
BIKF 071500Z 13040G53KT 5000 -DZRA BR OVC010 07/06 Q0968

15:30 UTC / 16:30 local time:
BIKF 071530Z 13042G56KT 6000 BR OVC013 07/06 Q0967

The Boeing 757 like all aircraft has a maximum crosswind landing rating this depends on many factors including the runway conditions. In Dry and Wet Conditions the aircraft is limited to a 40 knot crosswind. In comparison is heavy standing water this is reduced by 50% to just 20 knots and is furthermore reduced to 17 knots with ice with no melting.

Back in October 2019 we saw a similar landing involving a TUI 757 in heavy 40 knot crosswinds at Bristol airport which landed to perfection during Storm Callum

TUI 757 Landing in 40 knot crosswinds at Bristol Airport.

Since 2008, the Icelandair fleet has expanded from 10 Boeing 757-200 and a single 757-300 aircraft, to 23 757-200 and a single 757-300 aircraft in 2015.

In 8 May 2019, Icelandair announced that the company was considering ordering the Airbus A321neo and Airbus A321LR as a replacement for their aging fleet of Boeing 757, or to run alongside their Boeing 737 MAX 8 or to even replace the MAX 8’s entirely, due to the Boeing 737 MAX groundings.

The runway has since reopened following the incident.

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