Flight FR-8085 from Charleroi Airport in Brussels, was on approach to Riga Airport when the crew received a ‘gear unsafe’ indication in the cockpit. The crew reported the matter to air traffic controllers and performed a low approach which was closely observed by staff on the ground.
The aircraft then performed what the airline has described as a ‘precautionary go-around’. During the fly-past of the control tower, ground crews indicated one of the gear struts appeared not to have deployed.
The Boeing 737-800 aircraft climbed back to 6,000 feet, flying over the airport twice, while the crew tried to resolve the problem.
After about 30 minutes, the crew managed to lower and lock the gear and carried on to make a normal approach and landing a short time later.
The plane was however grounded for several hours so that engineers could investigate the cause of the problem.
The aircraft returned to service early in the afternoon and is understood to have flown back to Brussels as flight number FR-8086 arriving over five hours behind schedule.
The plane also operated a service to Tangier in Morocco later in the day arriving 90 minutes later than scheduled. Ryanair’s website stated this was because of a ‘technical fault’.
In a statement, an airline spokesman said: “Ryanair flight FR-8085 performed a go-around prior to landing at Riga after a cockpit indictor light suggested the landing gear had not fully engaged. Once Air Traffic Control visually confirmed the gear had engaged the aircraft landed and passengers disembarked normally.”
“Ryanair sincerely apologises to all passengers for the short inconvenience caused by this go-around,” the airline said.
A Boeing 737-800 can typically accommodate approximately 190 passengers.