2016-10-21 Sterna Airbus A300BF gear collapse off runway at Recife

2016-10-21 Sterna Airbus A300BF gear collapse off runway at Recife

2016-10-21 Sterna Airbus A300BF gear collapse off runway at Recife


On landing the nosegear collapsed resulting in a runway excursion. All three crewmembers remained unhurt.

Sterna Linhas Aereas cargo flight STR 9302 was landing on runway 18 at Recife-Guararapes Intl Airport in good weather conditions, when its nose undecarriage failed immediately after touchdown.

The Airbus A300 fell onto its nose while the pilots were activating the braking systems. During further deceleration process, the aircraft veered off to the right and it exited the runway after passing taxiways „Lima“Echo“  about 2600 meters down the runway (total lengh of runway 18 is 3001 m)

The A300 came to rest on its nose engine nacelles and maingear on flat but unaved ground.

All three crewmembers remained unscathed. The cargo consisted primarily of mail.

The amount of damage is substantial. Giving the age of the aircraft (built 1983) it is unlikely the aircraft will be repaired again.

Brazilian transport safety authority CENIPA has launched and investigation.

Meanwhile the Airbus A300 was recovered and removed on a flatbed truck. It is parked in damaged and bleak condition beside the runway.

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Airbus A300BF
Registration: PR-STN
Age a/c: 33.0 years
Constr. No.: 236
Former Operators: Pan Am (1985), Carnival Airlines (1991), Pan Am (1997), European Air Transport, DHL (1999), Air Contractors (2010), Transcarga (2015)

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 3 0 0 3
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0


Date: 2016-10-21 Time: 06:30
Location: SBRF REC Recife Guararapes
Country: Brazil
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: ST 9302
From: SBGR/GRU: Sao Paulo Guarulhos Intl To: SBRF/REC: Recife Guararapes
Type: Cargo
Operator: Sterna Linhas Aereas

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 1st safety occurence for the operator
  • 81st safety occurence of type (A300B)
  • 6th safety occurence at Recife Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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