A Fiji Airways Airbus A330-200, registration DQ-FJV performing flight FJ-911 from Nadi (Fiji) to Sydney,NS (Australia), landed on Sydney’s runway 34L on schedule at about 12:05L (01:05Z) but touched down hard producing about +2.9G vertical acceleration. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron.
The aircraft departed Sydney one hour behind schedule for its return flight FJ-910 and reached Nadi without further incident.
Examination in Nadi however found substantial overstress damage to the landing gear, an assessment which landing gear struts need to be replaced is still ongoing, it is not being ruled out as of Mar 25th 2014 that all gear struts need to be replaced. The aircraft is still on the ground in Nadi.
Fiji Airways Nadi Staff are to be congratulated for their diligent check of the landing gear, something Sydney technical staff failed to do it seems.
Questions are being asked if the pilots involved reported this and if so why was the aircraft allowed to take off again from Sydney, the damaged landing gear could have collapsed on the aircrafts arrival at Nadi, causing catastrophic damage and loss of life… What has the verbose Minister responsible got to say about this ???.
Also are the pilots involved being stood down until undertaking further training and competency tests.
Did the airline alert Emergency Services and have them on standby at Nadi International Airport for the aircrafts return, if not why not ?
FINALLY ON 27TH MARCH 30 HOURS AFTER WE PRINTED THIS AND 9 DAYS AFTER THE EVENT, THE FIJI GOVERNMENT HAS PERMITTED THE FIJI PRESS TO PUBLISH SOME DETAILS OF THIS INCIDENT..THIS SERVES AS TRANSPARENCY IN FIJI. REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU VOTE