LATAM Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing with Faulty Nosegear [VIDEO]

March 30, 2022

A LATAM Airlines flight was forced to return to Medellin Jose Maria Cordova Airport (MDE) in Colombia for an emergency landing when the plane's nosegear would not deploy properly.

LATAM flight 4292, an Airbus A320 jet, landed successfully after returning to MDE, without passengers suffering serious injuries.

From Flyertalk:

Shortly after takeoff, the pilots reported an issue with the front landing gear. The flight circled for 45 minutes south of the airport to burn fuel and determine the next move.
The nose gear wheel was locked in a 90-degree angle perpendicular to forward movement. After evaluating the situation, the pilots decided to return the aircraft to Medellin and attempt a landing.
Video captured on social media shows the Airbus A320 approaching the runway for landing, before touching down with the malfunctioning nose gear. Sparks and smoke are shown coming from the landing gear assembly, before the aircraft comes to a stop.

Nobody of the crew or passengers got injured during the emergency landing.

The airport authorities suspended the operations of the airport to evacuate the passengers and the crew members and to safely tow the aircraft away from the runway.

Here are several user videos from Twitter of the incident:

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