Avia Traffic Company Flight 768

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Avia Traffic Company Flight 768
Boeing 737-3Y0, Avia Traffic AN2213187.jpg
EX-37005, the aircraft involved
Occurrence
Date 22 November 2015
Summary Severe damage due to hard landing
Site Osh Airport
Aircraft
Aircraft type Boeing 737-300
Operator Avia Traffic Company
IATA flight No. YK768
ICAO flight No. AVJ768
Call sign ATOMIC 768
Registration EX-37005
Flight origin Bishkek Airport, Kyrgyzstan
Destination Osh Airport, Kyrgyzstan
Passengers 153
Crew 6
Fatalities 0
Injuries 14 (4 serious)
Survivors 159 (all)
A map showing the crash site
FRU
FRU
OSS
OSS
Crash site
Crash site
A map showing Manas International Airport (FRU) and Osh Airport (OSS), the location of the accident.

Avia Traffic Company Flight 768 was a scheduled passenger flight from Bishkek Airport, to Osh Airport operated by the airline's fleet of four Boeing 737-3YO aircraft. On 22 November 2015 EX-37005, operating the flight, was on final approach to Osh Airport when it touched down hard enough to shear off the left and right main landing gear. The aircraft skidded off the runway with the left engine being torn from its mount.[1]

Accident[edit]

Aircraft[edit]

The aircraft involved was a Boeing 737-3YO, registration EX-37005, originally delivered to Philippine Airlines in 1990; it was later sold to Garuda Indonesia, Citilink and Sama Airlines before being sold to Avia Traffic Company in 2011. The aircraft was 25 years old at the time of the accident.[2] The aircraft was written off after the accident.[citation needed]

Landing[edit]

The aircraft had originally departed Krasnoyarsk Airport Russia for Osh but diverted to Bishkek due to fog in Osh. After the weather improved, the crew departed for Osh. Ground observers reported that the visibility deteriorated to about 150 m (490 ft).[citation needed]

The aircraft was performing an ILS approach to Osh's runway 12 at about 07:56L (01:56Z) but touched down hard causing the landing gear to collapse and separate from the aircraft. The aircraft went off the runway and ran over rough terrain, the left-hand CFM International CFM56 engine separated and the right-hand engine received substantial damage before the aircraft came to a stop about 1,500 m (4,900 ft) from touchdown. Four occupants received serious injuries and ten occupants received minor injuries.[3]

Investigation[edit]

Russia's Civil Aviation Authority opened an investigation into the accident. Preliminary reports suggested the aircraft was performing an ILS approach to Osh's runway 12, with 50 m (160 ft) visibility in fog. The crew conducted a go-around following a hard touch down and joined the traffic pattern, but during the traffic pattern the crew decided to divert to their alternate and return to Bishkek, but soon after they received warnings of two hydraulic system failures, as well as failure of the No.2 engine, which was caused by the collapsed right landing gear. The crew shut the No.2 engine down and decided to perform an emergency landing at Osh, despite weather being below safe minima. The aircraft touched down very hard and skidded off the runway.[3][4]

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