Ryanair brakes burst into flames on landing at Manchester

By Lisa James
09/02/2023
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A Ryanair aircraft’s brakes burst into flames after landing at Manchester Airport last year, a report has revealed.

The ‘serious incident’ occurred on 17 March 2022, when the flight, with 167 passengers on board was taxiing to Terminal Three and flames were spotted.

A request was made for the fire service to meet an aircraft with ‘brakes on fire’.

The Independent says an Air Accident Investigations Branch report described the fire as a ‘serious incidence’.

Upon landing, the crew thought the plane had a flat tyre due to it needing more force than usual to manage the standard taxi speed, the newspaper says.

Because the fire was put out quickly, there was no emergency evacuation needed, so passengers were able to disembark the plane as normal.

The AAIB concluded a ‘fatigue crack’ had led to the wheel failure and subsequent fire.

The Independent added: “The aircraft’s wheel manufacturer has since introduced an ultrasonic inspection technique to inspect for cracks in the wheel hub, which Ryanair has added to its Boeing 737-8AS aircraft fleet.”

A Ryanair spokesperson told The Independent: “Ryanair fully participated in this AAIB investigation and we welcome the report in which there are no safety recommendations for Ryanair.”

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