Aviation safety issues and actions
Recommendation issued to: Australian Operators of B737-800 series aircraft
|Date issued:||23 December 2004|
|Safety action status:|
Since October 2004, there has been a series of Boeing 737 main
landing gear tyre failures as detailed in Table 1 below.
In light of the recent industry experience, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Australian operators of Boeing 737-800 series aircraft review the practice of fitting retread tyres of R4 (fourth retread) or above, until their serviceability limitations can be identified.
|Date issued:||15 February 2005|
|Response from:||Australian Operators of B737-800 series aircraft|
|Action status:||Closed - Accepted|
On 23 December 2004 Qantas Airways Limited provided the following response to recommendation R20040093
On 21 February 2005, Virgin Blue Airlines advised the ATSB that, 'In response to the subject Safety Recommendation, Virgin Blue Airlines Head of Engineering directed that the maximum retread level of all B737-800 main wheel tyres used in service would be the R3 level. This level conforms to the Safety Recommendation.'