Broken Axle on Korean Air Boeing 777-300 after Hard Landing at Narita Airport
Korean Air flight KE703 which was flying from Seoul (S. Korea) to Tokyo (Japan), suffered serious damage due to a broken axle on the right-side main landing gear after heavy landing.
The aircraft was a Boeing 777-300 and was scheduled to land on 16L side of the runway at approximately 12:38 local time or 03:38 UTC, on 29 June, 2018. As soon as the flight landed in high crosswinds, it apparently felt intense drag on its right side with abnormal sound coming from its right main undercarriage. The aircraft was halted on taxiway B. After brief visual inspection, it was observed that the rear wheel axle on the rear wheel set on the right main landing gear had broken.
The manifested crew and passengers were dislodged from the aircraft adopting necessary safety precautions on the taxiway and were taken to the terminal after one and a half hour wait. All air traffic which was earmarked to use runway 16L/34R was temporarily halted from using the runway till all FOD from the collapsed landing gear was removed. The runway after necessary sweep and clean-up operation was opened for operation after 20 minutes. to clear the debris.
According to one of the passengers on board who was seated on the right side of the plane stated that he felt the aircraft struggling to keep a level altitude moments before the touchdown, yet the aircraft made a hard landing with a distinct thud and slight unusual tilt on the right-side was felt as the aircraft slowed down. To investigate the incident further, expert aircraft accident investigators from the Korean Transport ministry have departed for Japan to undertake the incident investigation and try to ascertain the root cause of the root cause of the failure.