A320 forced landing California

All congratulations to the crew obviously but surprised to hear the pilot allegedly first off. Can't think of many situations where the pilot would be asked to get off first, especially as the risk was contained.

Not a common thing when front wheel goes 90 degree which may indicate taxi mode or is this yet another case of bad maintenance?


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I understand that it is not uncommon on A320's. Must play havoc with tyre wear!
Undercarriage not to lock does happen but 90 degree isn't that usual. If it was, the 320 would have been grounded by now and it's currently one of civil aviation's most popular types.

Let's hope it is soon identified as a one-off as some airlines would soon fold if they were grounded.
Looks like it's a pretty common occurence - the PPRuNe thread is at http://www.pprune.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=191037&perpage=30&pagenumber=1

The NTSB's lead invsetigator on this incident is alledged to have said
it was at least the seventh time that an A320 has landed with a twisted front landing gear.
There's an AD out requiring some o-rings to be changed.

Anyway, the crew did a good job. The A/C probably just wanted to see how close to the centreline he'd kept it. Seriously, my only guess is that he wanted to keep control and once the airplane was stopped, the only place it might have got messy was on the tarmac with jobsworths rushing about offering counselling!
Airbus have been keen to keep this quiet as this type and the A319 are the main contenders to Boeing's dominance of low cost carriers with the 737.

Lots of bucks/euros involved! Pprune the best place to hear the story!

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