Serious incident Boeing 737-8K5 (WL) G-TAWG,
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Date:Tuesday 24 December 2019
Time:00:48 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-8K5 (WL)
Owner/operator:TUI Airways
Registration: G-TAWG
MSN: 37266/3967
Year of manufacture:2012
Engine model:CFM CFM56-7B27E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 189
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Serious incident
Location:Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Agadir-Al Massira Airport (AGA/GMAD)
Destination airport:Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
TUI Airways flight BY289 landed on runway 23R at Manchester Airport after an uneventful flight from Al Massira Airport (Morocco). The co-pilot was PF (Pilot Flying) and as the aircraft slowed to approximately 80 knots he handed control to the commander. At approximately 60 knots the pilots became aware of an object overtaking them at high speed, on the right, along the edge of the runway. ATC informed the pilots that the aircraft may have suffered a tyre problem. The aircraft was slowed to 10 knots, before it vacated the runway onto a taxiway.

The pilots reported no handling abnormalities other than a slight judder as the aircraft vacated the runway.

The Airport Fire and Rescue Service attended the aircraft and informed the commander that the right outboard wheel (No 4) and tyre had completely detached, with significant damage to the brake pack. The aircraft was shut down and after consulting with the operator’s engineers, it was decided to disembark the passengers prior to any further movement of the aircraft. The passengers disembarked onto the taxiway and were taken by bus to the terminal.

The aircraft was towed to the parking area where a detailed examination was carried out by the operator’s engineers.

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Bearing failure, separation of No 4 (right outer) mainwheel and severe damage to the associated brake unit"

=AAIB Conclusion=
Bearing failure investigations such as this are often inconclusive due the severity of the material damage within the bearing destroying evidence of the initiation. Therefore, it was not possible to determine the cause of the bearing failure, or to discount the possibility that there was a pre-existing fault, or the bearing had become damaged as a result of the ingress of debris or moisture.

It is possible that preload torque applied was slightly below the minimum required; however, it was still considered enough to ensure that the bearing assembly was correctly seated and makes it unlikely to have affected the bearing running condition. However, a combination of the possible causes set out in this report cannot be ruled out.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: AAIB-26323
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB Final Report:
2. AAIB Annual Safety Review 2020 p.120:

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
21 July 2020 G-TAWG TUI Airways 0 Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB) non
Takeoff configuration (flaps/trim) error


Boeing 737-8K5 (WL) G-TAWG (c/no. 37266, l/no. 3967, Built 2012) Arriving on flight BY1558/TOM2EP from Newcastle (NCL) at Tenerife South Airport, Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife, Canary Islands 18 January 2019:TUI Airways B737-800 (G-TAWG) @ TFS, Jan 2019

Revision history:

01-Oct-2020 09:11 harro Added
01-Oct-2020 09:12 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report]
15-Oct-2020 21:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report]
15-Oct-2020 22:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
22-Oct-2020 16:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
26-Jun-2021 23:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]

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