View Full Version : Iran Air B-747 skids on the nose accross runway/no injury

15th Jan 2004, 10:38
BEIJING, Jan 15 (Reuters) - An Iran Air plane made an
emergency landing in Beijing shortly after takeoff on Thursday
because of landing gear problems, an aviation official said.
"The landing gear was broken. We don't know when, but the
plane landed safely," an Air China official told Reuters.
Iran Air flight IR 800 stops in transit in Beijing from
Tehran en route to Tokyo. Its departure was around 9 a.m (0100
Iran Air said it could not confirm if its plane was
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said earlier the
plane had landed "improperly". CAAC did not confirm the airline
or the country from where the plane was from.
Visibility was clear at the time.
Iran Air uses Boeing 747SPs on the route, according to the
company's Web site, a model that dates back to the 1970s.
Boeing delivered its last 747 to Iran Air in 1979,
according to the Web site www.boeing.com, just before the
Islamic revolution after which the United States cut ties with

15th Jan 2004, 17:56
From what I heard, the nose gear wasnt extened during the landing.

The landing was performed on rwy 36R and it was B747SP EP-IAC.

15th Jan 2004, 20:08
IRAN AIR SKIDS ON RUNWAYPassengers on an Iran Air flight were lucky to escape with their lives when their ageing aircraft made an emergency landing in Beijing shortly after take-off.

Incredibly, no one was injured as the plane came to a halt on its nose.

Iran Air flight IR 800 landed at 0933 (0133 GMT) en route from Tehran to Tokyo.

An Air China official said the problem was with the Boeing 747's landing gear.

Iran Air's country manager in Beijing, Alireza Fakhred, said the plane, carrying about 120 passengers, had had some "problems with the engines".

Iran Air uses Boeing 747SPs on the route, according to the company's website.

Boeing delivered its last 747 to Iran Air in 1979 just before the Islamic revolution after which the United States cut ties with Iran, according to www.boeing.com.

Since the revolution, Iran has been forced to supplement its fleet of Boeing and European-made Airbus airliners with planes bought or leased from the former Soviet Union which have suffered a string of fatal accidents.

Iran Air has found it hard to get spare parts for its Boeing aircraft since the US embargo that followed the revolution, airline sources say.

Link with picture Here (http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-12972793,00.html)

15th Jan 2004, 21:27
"Lucky to escape with their lives".

What tosh.

I suggest all PpRUNErs inundate Sky's feedback service telling them what they think of this story. Then perhaps in the futuree they'll give a second thought before writing what appears to be sensationalist drivel.

I've sent them a missive. Maybe this is a tactic PpRUNErs could adopt whenever we see silly stories in the future...

15th Jan 2004, 22:22
Sounds like a repeat of the Ansett 747 fiasco in Sydney in 1994

LINK one (http://www.atsb.gov.au/aviation/occurs/occurs_detail.cfm?ID=331)

LINK two (http://aviation-safety.net/database/1994/941019-0.htm)

Unlikely to ever find out - unless the Chinese are publishing investigation results

15th Jan 2004, 23:10
"Lucky to escape with their lives".
Just where on the link does it say that?

15th Jan 2004, 23:33

I can confirm that when I looked at the Sky page 2 hours ago, it said "Lucky to escape with their lives"
I guess they must have changed it due to TD67's response

15th Jan 2004, 23:39
I landed on 36L (36R is the normal northerly arrival runway) about 15 min after the above "incident". PEK ATC are aften the subject of criticism from regular visitors due to very late RWY changes, erratic speed control, and little (perceived) co-ordination between CTL, APP, ARR, TWR and GND. It was a pleasant surprise to find the runway closure promptly advised on the ATIS, and ARR and TWR co-operating to land longhaul widebodies and local (mandarin only speaking) narrowbodies at 5NM spacing on the one remaining RWY, with departures launched between. Even delivery/GND where trying to keep departuring traffic advised of delays, and there were only about 8 A/C at the holding point when we finally joined the queue (I've seen more than 20 in front of me after just a little snow). Kudos PEK ATC, it would be good to see this level of service more often when both RWYs are available.:ok:

16th Jan 2004, 00:18
Hee hee...took you advice Taildrager.
(Names edited to protect the innocent (?))

Emial recieved 15/01/2004 at 16:03

Dear ******
Thanks for your email and your comments.
Our story came from a report from the Reuters news agency and unfortunately
there were no specific details given about the skill used by the pilot.
We were aware that this was an important issue but the details were not
We did not deliberately intend to take a negative view by including the
picture caption that you have brought to my attention. However, I take on
board your comments and have changed the caption to "Passengers escaped
Many kind regards
***** *********
Sky News Online

Win one for the good guys! I think I'm gonna have a beer.

16th Jan 2004, 02:21
I have worked for 25 years in PR and have posted before about the aviation industry's need to get its act together on flying-related issues. Great that SKY have acknowledged your challenge to their interpretation of events, but - with respect - you're farting in the wind. It's the industry that needs to be managing the facts and news, not posters on PPRUNE.

16th Jan 2004, 02:45
Iran Air flight IR 800 landed at 0933 (0133 GMT), shortly after take-off from Tehran, en route to Tokyo.

Landed at PEK shortly after take-off from THR. That's clever.

16th Jan 2004, 03:04
I knew 747s were fast, but not that fast, but on the other hand, can you blame people for being in a hurry to get out of Iran!

As for IR's fleet plans, money - as far as I'm aware - is not the problem. The Iranian parliament has voted for the acquisition of up to 12 A330s; the big problem is technology transfers and the fact that the 330s have more than the maximum allowable content of US technology.

In the current environment, with Dubya's "foreign policy" - but not helped by Iran's evasiveness over nuclear power - the situation for IR isn't getting any better. They have been able to get hold of ex-TK A310s (most of which are going to competing carrier, Mahan Air), but for the moment, things remain stalled.

It is a pity; to my mind, the best way of helping Khatami and the reformers is to allow the economy to expand. Holding them back only feeds into the hands of the mullahs and extremists, who can cover their complete failure at economic management by blaming US sanctions.

16th Jan 2004, 18:53
you're farting in the wind

Yeah, I know. The joys of having too much time on your hands.

I do like your suggestion reference the industry managing information and facts. Of course (as I'm sure many here have heard me bleat on about many, MANY times) front line staff don't have the luxury of being able to contact the media directly and say "Oi! Your wong......this is what really happened!". Your employer would show you the door real quick. But I can't see the many organisations press offices who you would think would have a vested interest in assuring correct information was reported would do the same.

To the guys who put the 747 down without breaking it in half....... :ok: