Xi’an Plane Field Co has applied to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to suspend operations of the MA-60 turboprops across the nation.
On 4 February 2014, the landing gear of an MA-60 collapsed immediately after a Pleasure Air flight landed at Zhengzhou Airport. Then previously this 7 days, an MA-60 operated by All right Airways was forced to circle for much more than two several hours right after a problem was found with its landing equipment. It eventually landed properly at Shenyang Airport.
These incidents are the very first described in China, but the MA-60 has been included in multiple protection incidents in latest yrs, several of which concerned the landing equipment.
In January 2009, an MA-60 operated by Zest Airways in the Philippines veered sharply immediately after landing at Caticlan Airport and crashed into a concrete barrier. Then in 2011 an MA-60 operated by Bolivia’s TAM was pressured to land devoid of its front landing 12 months totally deployed, right after the system failed.
Zest Air experienced stopped operation of the MA-60 just after the acquire-in excess of by Air Asia.
In 2013 Myanma Airways flight also swerved off the runway immediately after touching down at Kawthaung – a person of 3 individual incidents involving the MA-60 in the place of two months very last 12 months, which includes two in Myanmar and one particular in Indonesia.
But the most major incident involving the MA-60 transpired in 2011, when a Merpati flight crashed into the sea off the coastline of West Papua, killing all 27 individuals onboard. Pilot mistake was blamed for the incident.
There are at this time about 80 MA-60 operating in the planet, all with airways in Asia, Africa and Latin The usa.
[Editor’s comment:] I have flown only at the time with a Zest Air MA-60. Just after this flight from Manila to Caticlan I promised that I would never again fly with one particular of these China bombers. The sounds level inside the cabin experienced been worse than in any blacksmith’s workshop. Communication experienced been extremely hard and the head was throbbing following landing. Fortuitously the landing equipment had even now all nuts and bolts fitted when we came to quit in Caticlan.