A brand-new Airbus A321neo airliner, delivered only two weeks ago on November 14th, had an altogether too close - or, rather, too hard - encounter with the earth yesterday.
A VietJet A321neo lost both nosegear wheels during a hard landing at Buon Ma Thuot, with passengers and crew evacuating via slides.
Images ... show the aircraft with emergency slides deployed and its nosegear wheels completely shorn off. One image shows what appears to be the remains of firefighting foam under the right engine cowling.
The aircraft was operating flight VJ356 on the Ho Chi Minh City-Buon Ma Thuot route when the incident occurred during the evening 29 November.
In a response to query from FlightGlobal, VietJet said all 207 passengers are safe.
There's more at the link.
That must have been quite a bang, to remove both front wheels like that. The aircraft may even have landed at a nose-down angle, putting the nose gear on the runway before the main wheels. That would almost certainly have overloaded the nose gear wheels by a significant margin. A brown-trouser moment for all those aboard, for sure . . . I'm glad I wasn't among them!