The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has penalised Orient Thai Airlines for an incident where one of its Boeing 737-300s landed at Nanning with a missing wheel.
The aircraft was operating flight 0X616 from Phuket to Nanning on 11 April, says the Administration in a statement. After the aircraft landed, it was discovered that the left front wheel was missing. It is not clear what happened with the aircraft’s wheel.
The CAAC categorises this as a “serious” incident.
As a punishment, it has decreed that the carrier cut five aircraft from its fleet serving China, and also cut five destinations from its China network: Chengdu, Xian, Nanchang, Chongqing, and Nanjing. These sanctions will run for six months.
It has also imposed a CNY29,000 ($4,453) fine on Orient Thai.
The CAAC calls on Orient Thai to improve both its safety awareness, operating quality, and address any shortfalls in its systems and organisation.