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Malaysia Airlines A330 limps home after hard landing

March 27, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Malaysia Airlines A330 that was stranded at Melbourne Airport for 10 days after a severe hard landing has been reported to be ‘limping’ home to Kuala Lumpur.

A notification by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) after the incident said the ATSB would “examine the circumstances of the occurrence, including analysis of recorded flight and other data, interviewing the flight crew and gathering and analysing additional information as necessary”.

Ben Sandilands has followed progress of the incident in his Plane Talking blog on He notes that severe hard landings occur infrequently to scheduled airliners, “as do similar overload incidents caused by extreme turbulence, or what are termed overweight landings when an airliner makes an emergency return to an airport at a weight which is legal for takeoff, but too high for the operating limits of its undercarriage during a landing”.

Plane Talking reader Will Lanting (@WillLanting) picked up the return of on Flightradar24 yesterday morning as MAS5160 crossed Lake Eyre on its way to Darwin, Sandilands reported.

Lanting considered the plane might be making the return  trip with its wheels down as a necessary precaution in advance of what may be very extensive repairs at its home base in Kuala Lumpur, and Sandilands said the flight data, showing the jet flying “low and slow” supported that view.

Written by Peter Needham

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