View Full Version : Gear-Up in an Airliner !!

6th Feb 2002, 07:16
Read an article on a av magazine that said year 2000 in Australia had 160 something gear-up landings. This is ofcourse in GA. Wondering if "oops, I simply forgot" happens in airliner's aswell :) :)

6th Feb 2002, 07:23
Yep, continental did it in a DC9 a couple of years ago. Its been done before that....


6th Feb 2002, 07:29
PB97-910401 NTSB/AAR-97/01



EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. .On February 19, 1996, at 0902 Central Standard Time, Continental Airlines (COA) flight 1943, a Douglas DC-9-32, N10556, landed wheels up on runway 27 at the Houston Intercontinental Airport, Houston Texas. The airplane slid 6,850 feet before coming to rest in the grass about 140 feet left of the runway centerline. The cabin began to fill with smoke, and the captain ordered the evacuation of the airplane There were 82 passengers, 2 flightcrew members, and 3 flight attendants aboard the airplane. No fatal or serious injuries occurred; 12 minor injuries to passengers were reported. The airplane sustained substantial damage to its lower fuselage. The regularly scheduled passenger flight was operating under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 and had originated from Washington National Airport 3 hours before the accident. An instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed; however, visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the landing in Houston.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the captain's decision to continue the approach contrary to COA standard operating procedures that mandate go-around when an approach is unstabilized below 500 feet or a ground proximity warning system al continues below 200 feet above field elevation. The following factors contributed to the accident: (1) the flightcrew's failure to properly complete the in-range checklist, which resulted in a lack of hydraulic pressure to lower the landing gear and deploy the flaps; (2) the flightcrew's failure to perform the landing checklist and confirm that the landing gear was extended; (3) the inadequate remedial actions by COA ensure adherence to standard operating procedures; and (4) the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) inadequate oversight of COA to ensure adherence to standard operating procedures.

Safety issues discussed in this report include checklist design, flightcrew training, adherence to standard operating procedures, adequacy of FAA surveillance, and flight attendant tailcone training. Safety recommendations concerning these issues were made to the FAA...

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6th Feb 2002, 10:15
At Continental they used to call the DC9 the “buba jet”. It’s what the old TI, TTA, buba’s flew.

6th Feb 2002, 10:37
Hmm, Continental. If at first you don't succeed.. .<a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/NTSB/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X13714&key=1" target="_blank">http://www.ntsb.gov/NTSB/brief.asp?ev_id=20001211X13714&key=1</a>

6th Feb 2002, 12:58
I haven't seen the report yet but remember the Aeroflot IL-86 in Dubai last year.(There was a photo in "Flight") When I asked Ops how they got it off the runway, thinking it took some hefty cranes the answer was "We jacked it up and lowered the gear !!"

Think we can work out what the report might conclude.

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6th Feb 2002, 13:29
A couple of "good ones" was the Malev Tu-154 that touched down somewhere in eastern Europe last year or so with the gear up and proceeded to go-around and land normally.. .Same happened closer to home with an Electra at Shannon. Descended until the props hit the ground, ripped an engine off and went around on 1 serviceable engine with the other 2 remaining ones vibrating severely. landed safely!