2014-07-20 United Airways ATR-72 nose gear gave way on landing at Coxs Bazaar


2014-07-20 United Airways ATR-72 nose gear gave way on landing at Coxs Bazaar


Following a normal touchdown on landing, the nose un dercarriage sudenly gave way and the nose srike the fuselage producing sparks in the rollout until the ATR came to a safe stop.
No passenger or crewmember was reported injured.

The lower nose was substantially damaged.
Coxs Bazaar Airport was forced to close completely since the only available runway was blocked. The nose was later up lifted via crane and the aircraft was pulled off the runway.

At the time of the incident the weather consisted of rain with local thunderstorm activity but winds were reported normal.


Date: 2014-07-20 Time: 17:44
Location: VGCB CXB Cox’s Bazaar
Country: Bangladesh
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: 4H 501
From: VGHS/DAC: Dhaka Zia Intl  To: VGCB/CXB: Cox’s Bazaar
Type: Passenger
Operator: United Airways

Type: ATR-72
Registration: S2-AFN
Age a/c: 20,7 years
Constr. No.: 379


Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 43 5  0  48
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0
United AW Safety Report

JACDEC 20-year Statistics :

  • 2nd safety occurence for the airline
  • 1st safety occurence at airport
  • 1st  safety occurence of aircraft (msn)

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