Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Windshear Caused Air Caraibes A350 to Collide With Runway Lights

An Air Caraibes Airbus A350-900 operating the airlines flight from Paris Orly to Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe, struck a number or runway edge lights causing major damage to part of its undercarriage.  windshere 

The incident took place at around 6pm local time on Sunday 20th and its believes that the aircraft was subjected to severe windshear upon touch down which caused to to veer to the right.  The aircraft's undercarriage came into contact with a number of runway boundary lights, damaging them and also the front two wheels of the right hand landing gear. 

The pilot managed to steer the aircraft back towards the centre of the runway to finish is landing roll and then vacated the runway as normal. A passenger told local media that he'd expected the aircraft to go around again because of the weather conditions, but the pilot touched down. 'There was a lot of water and via the onboard cameras passengers could see the aircraft surge to the right before going back to centre. 

The runway was closed for approximately 4 hours for the debri to be cleared and for emergency repairs to the lights to be completed. 

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