A340 gear incidents

Date:         21 Sep 98 00:32:01 
From:         Marc Schaeffer <marcmsc*@cmdnet.lu>
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Following the recent A340 gear problems with the Sabena A342 and the
A343 from Virgin, the internet edition of the 'Neue Zürcher Zeitung'
wrote the following :

'After the emergency landing of a Sabena Airbus A 340 last Saturday with
four slightly injured persons, Airbus Industries has issued a directiv
calling for the inspection of all A 340 jets fitted with "Type D" gears.
According to Sabena this measure will apply only to 6 aircraft
worldwide. The Belgian carrier which iis owned to 49,5 % by Swissair,
has
four A-340. Of these four, only one will fall under the directive since
the other three ones are equipped with "Type E" and "Type F" gears.'

What type of gear did the Virgin A340 have ? IIRC the Virgin incident
was different to the SN one as they detected the problem while being in
the air, whereas the SN gear 'broke' after touching down.

Any insights ?
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