Accident: Iceland B752 at Keflavik on Feb 7th 2020, main gear collapse on landing

An Icelandair Boeing 757-200, registration TF-FIA performing flight FI-529 from Berlin Tegel (Germany) to Keflavik (Iceland) with 166 people on board, landed on Keflavik’s runway 10 at 15:46L (15:46Z) but suffered the collapse of the right main gear. The aircraft came to a stop on the runway resting on its nose gear, left main gear and right engine. The passengers disembarked onto the runway and were taken to the terminal. There were no injuries.

Passengers reported the aircraft bounced on landing, on second touchdown the right main gear collapsed and the aircraft skidded on the engine releasing sparks and smoke from the engine.

A passenger video off the left hand windows shows the aircraft touched down smoothly, the spoilers deployed, the aircraft bounced slightly (probably without the wheels becoming airborne again), smoothly came down a second time, then the right main gear collapsed and the spoilers retracted. Another passenger video, only available in time lapse so far, off the right hand windows shows the aircraft touched down smoothly, the right wing may have lifted a bit, the right main gear possibly became airborne for a bit, touched down again smoothly and the aircraft sank further on its right main engine now with sparks coming off the engine cowl (editor’s note: user Ruan/Ruan60989131, if you read this, we’d be interested in the full normal time video including approach and roll/skid out, please contact me via the contact form below).

On Feb 8th 2020 The Aviation Herald received information that the gear of the aircraft had been replaced mid January 2020. There was no damage to the right main gear, however, a bolt holding the gear mechanism together was missing (see photo below).

On Feb 10th 2020 Iceland’s RNSA (accident investigation) reported the missing parts from the landing gear have been found on the runway. The gear was new, having been installed on the airframe between Nov 19th 2019 and Jan 6th 2020 and had done several sectors since. The US NTSB (state of manufacture) and Canada’s TSB (state of maintenance) have been notified, an investigation is ongoing.

On Nov 19th 2019 the aircraft had positioned to Kelowna,BC (Canada), remained on the ground in Kelowna until Jan 6th 2020, then positioned to Keflavik via Seattle,WA (USA). On Jan 9th 2020 the aircraft resumed service and had flown about 70 sectors since.

Related NOTAMs:
A0061/20 NOTAMR A0060/20
Q) BIRD/QMXLC/IV/M/A/000/999/
A) BIKF B) 2002071826 C) 2002081600
E) RWY 10-28 CLOSED DUE TO OBSTACLE ON RWY
REF: BIKF AD 2.12 BIKF AD 2.24.1.2-1

A0060/20 NOTAMN
Q) BIRD/QMXLC/IV/M/A/000/999/
A) BIKF B) 2002071635 C) 2002072200
E) RWY 10-28 CLOSED DUE TO OBSTACLE ON RWY
REF: BIKF AD 2.12 BIKF AD 2.24.1.2-1

Metars:
BIKF 071800Z 16025KT 4000 RA BR SCT006 BKN010 BKN031 05/04 Q0965=
BIKF 071730Z 15031G46KT 4000 RA BR SCT006 BKN010 BKN031 05/04 Q0965=
BIKF 071700Z 13042G58KT 6000 -RA BR SCT009 BKN013 BKN039 06/06 Q0965=
BIKF 071630Z 13039G54KT 4000 -RA BR SCT009 OVC013 07/06 Q0965=
BIKF 071600Z 13042G55KT 8000 BR OVC013 07/06 Q0966=
BIKF 071530Z 13042G56KT 6000 BR OVC013 07/06 Q0967=
BIKF 071500Z 13040G53KT 5000 -DZRA BR OVC010 07/06 Q0968=
BIKF 071430Z 13040G54KT 3000 -DZRA BR BKN008 OVC012 07/06 Q0970=
BIKF 071400Z 13040G54KT 3000 -DZRA BR BKN008 OVC012 07/06 Q0970=
BIKF 071330Z 13031G43KT 4000 -DZRA BR BKN013 OVC040 07/05 Q0972=
BIKF 071300Z 13029G45KT 4000 -DZRA BR BKN014 OVC040 07/05 Q0973=

The right main landing gear in detail, a bolt is missing:

The aircraft sitting on the runway: