An Aeromexico flight from Mexico City (MEX) to Guadalajara, Mexico (GDL) ended up grinding down its main landing gear to the axle during what initially appeared to be a nominal landing.
Flight AM120 was operated by a very relatively new three-year-old Boeing 737-800 (registered as XA-AMV). Upon slowing down after touch down in Guadalajara, there were reports of smoke and flames on both of main landing gears. Once the plane came to a stop, fire personnel quickly contained the fire, revealing the extensive damage to the wheels.
All 151 passengers and crew members on board were able to safely evacuate the aircraft. The runway was also closed as a result.
Aeromexico issued the following statement:
“During the landing of flight AM120 MEX-GDL, operated on a Boeing 737-800, smoke was visible on the landing gear, which was controlled by the rescue services of the airport. The 151 passengers and all crew members safely disembarked the aircraft and are fine. The correct procedures have been applied and we are doing our utmost to resume operations as soon as possible.”