Aeroplane Lands with Nose Landing Gear (NLG) Rotated 90°


Venkat Vellanki

On March 6, 2021, an aeroplane of the aircraft model, Airbus A320-200, made an emergency landing at Sultan Thaha Jambi Airport, Indonesia. This event occurred due to the position shifting of the nose landing gear (NLG) as it rotated 90° sideways. 

According to the news hub, AvHerald, this particular aircraft is four years old with registration PK-LUT. The scheduled flight 6803 was on service from Jambi to Jakarta within Indonesia. During takeoff, in its initial climb out of runaway 31 when the crew stopped the ascend due to malfunctioning obstacles with the nose landing gear of the plane. 

Communication between Corporate Strategic of Batik Air, Danang Mandala Prihantoro 


“After take-off, the pilot decided to return to the airport of departure (return to the base/RTB) because there is an indicator in the cockpit (which notifies or shows) that there may be a technical problem (technical reason). Batik Air apologizes for the inconvenience that has arisen so that the flight of ID-6803 guests were disturbed. Batik Air has provided a compensation service for delay in departure (delay management) based on applicable regulations.”

Ultimately, the aircraft returned to Sultan Thaha Airport at Jambi City, Indonesia. The total time was 25 minutes from take-off to landing. It came to a halt on Runway 31 with the damaged nose gear turned 90° sideways. In result upon arrival, fire, sparks, and smoke have erupted all coming from the nose gear. 117 passengers on board along with 6 crew members disembarked safely onto the runway via boarding stairs. 

WRITTEN STATEMENT by Executive General Manager, Indra Gunawan of Sultan Thaha Airport 

“Yes, the Batik Air flight had experienced an RTB (return to base) and an emergency landing at Sultan Thaha Jambi Airport. From this incident, there are 3 affected flights cancelled, namely Lion Air, Batik Air, and Citilink, all of which are destined for Jakarta (CGK).”

This is not the first time that the Airbus A320 family has suffered this particular type of incident. On September 21, 2005, a JetBlue flight 292 from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California to John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens NYC, New York. The aircraft has executed an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, after the nose gear jammed in a 90° position.




Pesawat Batik Air Lakukan Pendaratan Darurat di Jambi


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