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Landing gear event - Boeing 737-8FE, VH-VUF, Sydney Airport, 8 November 2011

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Status: Completed
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Following landing at Sydney Airport on the 8 Nov 2011, one of the main wheels of a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-8FE, registered VH-VUF, was found to have separated at the hub. The failure was traced to fatigue cracks emanating from an unpeened area of the inner hub's bearing bore. The operator had complied with the manufacturer's wheel inspection requirements. However, as a result of the occurrence, the operator increased the frequency of the ultrasonic inspection of the wheel hubs.

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General details
Date: 08 November 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0820 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Landing gear/indication  
Release date: 03 August 2012   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-VUF  
Serial number 34168  
Operator Virgin Australia  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Minor  
Departure point Melbourne, Vic.  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018