Sparks fly from Ryanair 737 during landing incident

The nose wheel of a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 failed while landing at Dublin Airport on Sunday (April 9).

The incident led to a “full emergency” being declared at the Irish facility following the arrival of flight FR5542 from Liverpool.

The jet, EI-DHH (c/n 33817) landed on runway 28L at around 5.30pm local time but suffered a failure of parts of the nose gear during its roll out.

The incident involved Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHH (not pictured).
The incident involved Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHH (not pictured). Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

A video published on social media shows sparks being thrown from the aircraft during its landing roll.

In a statement to Key.Aero, a Ryanair spokesperson said the aircraft experienced a “minor technical issue with its nose landing gear upon landing”.

“Passengers and crew disembarked normally, and the aircraft was towed back to the hangar for further inspection by Ryanair engineers,” the statement added.

According to flight tracking data from Flightradar24 the 737 appeared to conduct a normal approach to the airport.

The hub’s operator daa told Key.Aero in a statement that Dublin Airport Fire Service responded to the scene.

“There were no reports of any injuries,” the spokesperson added. “Flights into Dublin Airport were suspended during the incident.”

The 189-seat aircraft was delivered to the Irish low-cost carrier in March 2005. Powered by two CFM International CFM56 turbofans, the 18-year-old jet was retrofitted with winglets in December 2006.

Ryanair is one of the world’s safest airlines having not had a single fatality in its 37-year history. It has also only recorded one hull loss in that time.