Ryanair 737 suffers nosegear damage on landing in Brussels

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 touches down.
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A Ryanair Boeing 737 has experienced damage to its nose wheel assembly while landing at Brussels Charleroi Airport on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registered EI-DYC, was performing the flight FR9719 rotation from Rome Ciampino Airport Italy.

Ryanair FR9719 Rome-Brussels

On landing at Charleroi RWY 24, the aircraft experienced excessive noise and severe vibration following the nose gear touchdown.

The vibration continued through the landing roll, until the aircraft came to a stop on the runway.

Passengers were forced to remain on board the aircraft for some hours before they were able to be disembarked and transferred to the airport terminal.

Nose Gear Damage

Upon inspection of the landing gear, the cause of the excessive noise and vibration was found to be damaged to the nose gear assembly.

Information provided by online source the Aviation Herald reports that a pin and bolt were found to be missing from the nose gear torsion link assembly.

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It is understood that a FOD inspection at Rome Ciampino airport found the missing piece parts on the departure runway.

The aircraft involved in the landing incident was Boeing 737-800, registration EI-DYC. The aircraft is a sixteen-year old narrowbody belonging to the European low-cost carrier Ryanair.

About Charleroi Airport

Brussels South Charleroi Airport, also known informally as Brussels-Charleroi Airport or Charleroi Airport, is an international airport located in Gosselies, Belgium.

It is the second busiest airport in Belgium in terms of passengers and aircraft movements, and is a major hub for low-cost airlines, particularly Ryanair.

Some key facts about Brussels Charleroi Airport:

  • Location: Gosselies, Belgium, 46 km south of central Brussels
  • Code: CRL
  • Owner: Government of Wallonia
  • Hub for: Ryanair, Air Belgium, Young Cargo

The airport is relatively small and has limited amenities compared to larger airports. However, it is a popular option for budget-minded travelers due to its low prices and convenient location for exploring southern Belgium.

Ryanair Hub

Ryanair is the dominant airline at Brussels Charleroi Airport, with 16 based aircraft operating 93 routes as of Winter 2023/2024. This makes it a major hub for the low-cost carrier in Europe.

Here are some key details about Ryanair’s operations at the airport:

  • Extensive network: Ryanair offers flights to destinations across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East from Charleroi. This includes popular tourist destinations like Barcelona, Rome, and Marrakech, as well as major cities like Budapest, Milan, and Warsaw.
  • Frequent flights: With 16 based aircraft, Ryanair offers a high frequency of flights to many destinations, particularly popular routes. This can be convenient for travelers who need flexibility with their travel dates.
  • Winter 2023/2024 schedule: The airline has added seven new destinations to its winter schedule, including Amman (Jordan), Cluj and Iasi (Romania), Milan (Italy), Nantes (France), Tirana (Albania), and Warsaw (Poland).

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A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 suffered damage to its nose gear assembly on landing at Brussels Charleroi Airport on February 24.
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