flydubai 737 MAX in Penang: Wheel Well Fire Indication

Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Flight crew of a flydubai Boeing 737 MAX 8 inbound from Dubai received a wheel well fire indication on approach to Penang on 27 May 2024.

flydubai flight FZ1603 was on its approach into Penang International Airport (PEN) when flight crew noticed a wheel well fire indication.

flydubai FZ1603 Dubai-Penang

On receiving the warning indicator, the aircraft continued its approach to RWY22 Penang (PEN).

Flight crew brough the aircraft to a stop on the runway. Firefighting appliances met the aircraft as a precautionary measure upon arrival.

It was then put under tow and removed from the runway shortly thereafter. Passengers were disembarked from the aircraft on the apron hardstanding via a mobile stairway.

Flight crew did not declare the formal emergency and the aircraft conducted the landing under normal operating procedures.

Flight data shows that the flight FZ1603 made an on-time departure out of Dubai international airport (DXB) at 04:50 local time on 27 May.

The flight proceeded normally and climbed to flight level FL410 (41,000 feet) for the service to Penang, Malaysia.

The flight crew conducted a normal descent and initial approach to runway 22 (RWY22) when a warning indication appeared..

The aircraft conducting the service from Dubai was a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, registered A6-FMU.

This is a 2.6 year old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier flydubai. It has been in operational service with the airline since its initial delivery in November 2021.

Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Emirati government owns flydubai, a low-cost airline based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The airline operates a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft and flies to over 124 destinations. Its network spans the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. flydubai’s main hub is at Dubai International Airport (DXB), Terminal 2.

Here’s a quick summary about the carrier:

  • Founded: March 19, 2008
  • Started operations: June 1, 2009
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Hub: Dubai International Airport (DXB), Terminal 2
  • Destinations: 124+ (including Dubai, Ben Gurion Intl and Muscat)
  • Fleet: Boeing 737 aircraft

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