[INCIDENT] Flybe Dash 8 suffered main gear collapse at Amsterdam Schiphol

At 15:55 UTC (16:55 local time) on 23rd Feburary, a Flybe Dash 8 aircraft operating flight BE1284 suffered a collapse of the right hand side main landing gear while landing on Runway 22 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Int’l Airport while attempting to land during Storm Doris.

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©Matt Lorenson

Videos from the incident suggest that the right hand main landing gear slowly folded back in during landing rollout. The aircraft came to rest on the runway with the right hand wing tip contacting the ground.

The flight crew issued a mayday call after the incident and subsequently issued another mayday call, stating that they were evacuating the aircraft due to smoke in the cabin.

David Fleming, one of the passengers onboard, captured this video of the incident from inside the aircraft.

As fire crews responded to the incident, passengers evacuated onto the runway. None of the 59 occupants were injured in the landing incident but the aircraft sustained substantial damage. Aircraft next in line for landing on Runway 22 were instructed to go around by tower controllers

The aircraft involved in the incident was 10.5 year old De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 G-JECP (MSN 4136). The aircraft was manufactured at Bombardier’s Toronto Downsview plant and was delivered to Flybe on 31st October 2006.

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G-JECP at London Gatwick in late 2014 ©Chris Pitchacaren

Flybe flight BE1284 is a scheduled passenger flight from Edinburgh Int’l (EDI/EGPH) to Amsterdam Schiphol Int’l (AMS/EHAM).

Storm Doris has been causing havoc to airports around Europe; at the time of landing, wind at Schiphol was recorded as 240 degrees at 31 knots, gusting to 46 knots with the wind direction varying between 210 and 270 degrees.

METARs for the times leading up to and at the time of the incident

14:55 UTC / 15:55 local time:
EHAM 231455Z 23034G48KT 180V260 9999 FEW022 09/03 Q0985 TEMPO 7000 -RA BKN020

15:25 UTC / 16:25 local time:
EHAM 231525Z 24037G51KT 9999 -RA FEW020 SCT032 08/04 Q0985 TEMPO 7000 BKN020

15:55 UTC / 16:55 local time:
EHAM 231555Z 24031G46KT 210V270 9999 -RA FEW020 SCT028 BKN037 08/04 Q0985 TEMPO 7000 BKN020

This video captures the moment when the incident occurred.

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