NTSB Identification: ENG09WA010
Incident occurred Friday, July 24, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia
Aircraft: BOEING, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 24, 2009, about 2230 UTC, a Virgin Blue, Boeing 737-700 airplane, registration VH-VBA, sufferend a failue of the nose landing gear axle. During taxi for takeoff, the right nosewheel separated from the nose landing gear leg. The aircraft was able to be taxiied back to the gate. Initial examination of the landing gear indicates a region of fatigue cracking in the lower section of the landing gear axle, which has subsequently failed. The ATSB dispatched an investigation team to Melbourne Airport and will be recovering the components for specialist examination.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of Australia. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
62 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601

Tel: (02) 6257 4150
Tel International: +61 2 6257 4150
Fax: (02) 6247 3117
Email: atsbinfo@atsb.gov.au

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for, or released by, the Government of Australia.

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