A THY Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-200N, registration TC-LSB performing flight TK-1553 from Istanbul (Turkey) to Hanover (Germany), landed on Hanover’s runway 27R but touched down hard. The aircraft rolled out without further incident and taxied to the apron.
The aircraft was unable to depart for the return flight, which needed to be cancelled. The aircraft is still on the ground in Hanover more than 4 days later (about 100 hours later).
The aircraft was scheduled to perform a gear down ferry flight to Hamburg International for repairs by Lufthansa Technics on Tuesday (Mar 16th), which was cancelled however, and again on Wednesday (Mar 17th), which again was cancelled.
On Monday Mar 15th 2021 a team of THY maintenance engineers arrived in Hanover on a charter flight to enable TC-LSB to ferry to the maintenance based in Hamburg.
One ground observer reported: “A THY TK-1553 A321NEO TC-LSB was approaching from istanbul on the 27R in EDDV. In addition, strong gusts of wind between 30 and 40 knots prevailed at the time. Shortly before touchdown, the aircraft rapidly lost altitude so that it finally hit the runway hard.” The observer also reported he heard passengers complain about a “horror landing”.
Another ground observer reported, that he was observing from a multi-storey car park when he witnessed a very hard touchdown on runway 27R. A reduction of sink rate was not detectable prior to touch down, there was an unusual amount of smoke upon touch down. At the time of touch down there were strong gusting winds.
According to information The Aviation Herald received the aircraft received substantial damage to the main landing gear as well as the flaps.
On Mar 17th 2021 Germany’s BFU reported that 4 days after the occurrence they have not received any information about the occurrence so far.
The airline did not respond to an inquiry by The Aviation Herald.
On Mar 31st 2021 the aircraft was finally able to depart Hanover for a gear down ferry flight TK-6882 to Istanbul’s old Ataturk Airport, maximum FL250 was filed, the aircraft reached a maximum FL230.
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