British Airways A320 Steering Loss at London Heathrow

Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A British airways regional service operating from Edinburgh to London will experienced nosewheel steering loss after landing at London Heathrow airport on 29 April 2024.

British airways flight BA1455, an Airbus A320-200 from Edinburgh airport (EDI) made an approach and landing on London Heathrow RWY 27R.

British Airways BA1455 Edinburgh- London

After conducting a normal landing, the aircraft was leaving the runway on a high-speed runway exit when the incident occurred.

The high speed taxiway is designed to expedite aircraft turning off the runway after landing, thus reducing runway occupancy time.

Smoke was observed emanating from the left main gear tyres which then extended to the right main gear tyres. The aircraft was subsequently brought to a stop on the runway shoulder.

The position of the aircraft presented an obstruction to the active runway, and several inbound flights were forced to go around as a result.

Flight data shows that the BA1455 service made a delayed departure out of Edinburgh on 29 April. The flight shows an actual departure time of 1807 local time, against the scheduled departure time of 1735 local.

The flight had proceeded normally, claiming to flight level FL350 (35,000 feet) on the southerly track to London.

The descent and arrival procedure were similarly conducted normally. The weather conditions for the arrival at Heathrow were VFR with a dry runway surface.

Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Airbus A320-200 G-EUUD

The aircraft conducting the BA1455 regional service from Edinburgh was an Airbus A320-200, registered G-EUUD.

This is a 22.2-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the national carrier British Airways. It is been in active service with the airline since its original delivery in April 2002.

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