LATAM Flight Loses Nose Wheel Steering in Sao Paulo

LATAM Flight Loses Nose Wheel Steering in Sao Paulo
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Last Friday, the crew on a LATAM flight reported a loss of nose wheel steering on approach into Sao Paulo Congonhas.

Information has been released pertinent to this incident.

Here is what we know so far…

LATAM Flight LA3629 – Salvador to Sao Paulo…

LATAM Flight Loses Nose Wheel Steering in Sao Paulo
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LATAM Flight Loses Nose Wheel Steering in Sao Paulo
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LATAM flight LA3629 is a routine scheduled flight between Salvador and Sao Paulo Congonhas.

The aircraft involved in this incident is registered as PR-MHU.

As per data from, PR-MHU is a 16.3 year old Airbus A320 that started out life with TAM back in February 2008.

Following the merger with LAN, the aircraft was handed over to LATAM Airlines Brasil in May 2016.

Of the A320ceo variant, the subsidiary to the major airline group has 57 of them.

Furthermore, of that 57, all but one are in active service, and host an average fleet age of 13.4 years.

LATAM flight LA3629 departed Salvador at 1404 local time on April 19 and proceeded southbound to Sao Paulo.

As per The Aviation Herald, during it’s approach, the aircraft suffered a problem onboard.

It is understood that the crew reported the loss of the nose wheel steering on their landing gear.

Despite attempts to reset it in the air, the aircraft had to land without such steering.

Furthermore, the LATAM A320 landed safely into Sao Paulo without further incident and was towed off the runway.

Aircraft Grounded Until The Next Day…

Carlos Daniel Dobelli from C.A.B.A., Argentina via Wikimedia Commons.

Data from RadarBox shows that PR-MHU was grounded for the rest of the day and overnight.

The LATAM A320 returned to service in the morning of April 20, and has since operated flights to:

  • Maceio
  • Porto Alegre
  • Curitiba
  • Brasilia
  • Macapa
  • Belem

No additional incidents have been reported on the aircraft since it’s return back to commercial service.

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