Aviation Corp. of China (AVIC) subsidiary Xi’an Aircraft Industry Co. plans to apply to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to ground MA60 operations as soon as possible for safety inspections following another incident on the Chinese-produced regional aircraft.
On the night of Feb. 25, an MA60, operated by Okay Airways—enroute from Tianjin to Shenyang with 30 people onboard—was on approach to Shenyang when the crew received an unsafe landing gear indication and aborted the approach after extending the gear.
The aircraft entered a hold to troubleshoot for about 2:15 hours, performed a number of low approaches, which showed the gear appeared to be in extended position. The crew prepared for an emergency landing with a possibly unlocked gear, but managed a safe landing about 2.5 hours past schedule.
XAC confirmed the safety error was mainly caused by a malfunction of the gear indication system.
Earlier in February, a Joy Air Xi’an MA60 crashed on landing at China’s Zhengzhou-Xinzheng Airport Feb. 4, significantly damaging the aircraft. There were no reported injuries among the 37 passengers and seven cabin crewmembers onboard.
Joy Air operates eight MA60s and is scheduled to take delivery of four more of the type this year while Okay Airways operates 11 MA60s and is expected to introduce two more aircraft at the end of February.