Transavia Boeing 737 Landing Incident Closes Nantes Airport For 2 Hours

The damaged Transavia B737 parked at Nantes Airport
Photo Credit: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation civile

LONDON – A Boeing 737 operated by Transavia has experienced an incident on landing at France’s Nantes Airport in the early hours of Saturday morning, 1 October.

During the landing phase, the aircraft appears to have burst a nose wheel tyre and possibly damaged the nose landing gear assembly. The debris strewn from the nose gear assembly forced the closure of the runway.

A close up of the damaged nose landing gear on the Transavia B737 at Nantes Airport.

Photo Credit: Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation civile

The aircraft, a Boeing B737-8 registered F-GZHA had been operating on scheduled Flight TO4393 from Djerba Zaris International Airport (DJE), Tunisia to France’s Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE). The flight landed at NTE at 0106 (1.06am) local time.

There has been no report of any problems or abnormality for the flight prior to the landing at Nantes.

Source: FlightRadar24

In a brief post on social media, the French air safety agency – the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation civile (BEA) – have advised that they have deployed three investigators and a first response information investigator to the incident site to commence an investigation.

It is understood that the fuselage of the aircraft was also damaged as a result. BEA first photographs depict the damage to the nose gear assembly and show an investigator checking the engine inlets for possible damage from the detached debris.

A French BEA investigator inspect the engine of the grounded Transavia B737 for damage.

Photo Credit: Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation civile

The aircraft was immobilised after the landing and passengers from Djerba were disembarked at the access ramp.

Flight operations recommenced slowly at Nantes Airport through the early morning, however an onwards flight to Bastia, Corsica which was to be carried out by the B737 was delayed until Sunday.

Transavia Airlines C.V., operating as Transavia, is a Dutch low-cost airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of KLM and therefore part of the Air France–KLM group. Its main base is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and it has other bases at Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport.

Yesterday’s landing incident at Nantes comes just a week after a landing incident in the southern France Hérault region, when a Swiftair Boeing 737-400F freighter aircraft operated for West Atlantic has been involved in a runway excursion incident at Montpellier Airport (MPL).

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