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Old 11th Feb 2013, 11:29
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PIA plane escapes fatal crash in Muscat

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Old 11th Feb 2013, 11:55
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PIA plane escapes fatal crash in Muscat



A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft escaped a fatal crash after its landing gear broke prior to landing on Monday, reported Express News.

The plane, coming from Sialkot, was landing in Muscat when the landing gear reportedly broke down. The aircraft, however, successfully landed with all 150 passengers safe, reported Express News correspondent Aftab Khan.

A PIA spokesperson refuted the reports and said that the aircraft had only experienced a technical fault which did not cause any inconvenience.

PIA aircraft have experienced several technical faults in the past causing inconvenience to passengers.

The Express Tribune..11.02.2013

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The Aviation Herald reports: a PIA Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 737-300 landed on Muscat's runway 08R/26L at 13:25L (09:25Z), but suffered the collapse of the left main gear. The aircraft came to stop on the runway and was disabled.

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Old 11th Feb 2013, 12:29
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Escaped a fatal crash? A bit over-dramatic, aren't we?
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Escaped a fatal crash? A bit over-dramatic, aren't we?
Can't argue with the logic of the statement... Almost ALL landing aircraft escape a fatal crash, no?

I would however, question the professionality of the rescue service guy in the photo who seems more preoccupied with doing the hula-hoop.
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Storm in a teacup if you ask me.
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Old 11th Feb 2013, 13:03
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A PIA spokesperson refuted the reports and said that the aircraft had only experienced a technical fault which did not cause any inconvenience.
He definitely got the "technical fault" part right. I doubt however that there was no "inconvenience" caused, as they had to shut down the only available runway and hence the whole airport for some time. What a clown.
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Old 11th Feb 2013, 13:16
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For accuracy: one agency 'Express News' said the gear failed before landing: 'AV Herald' said it failed on landing. Which was it? What gear indication did they have? Any reports of what failed, mechanically? If it failed on landing and was a surprise they did a good job of keeping it on the concrete; but that might depend at what speed it failed.
How long after the escape with death is the photo. I don't see any steps or slides or doors, so i assume they are all still cocooned inside.
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Old 11th Feb 2013, 13:24
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Aircraft has been in service with PIA since the mid-1980s, regularly used for Gulf flights, as well as domestic sectors.

JetPhotos.Net Photo AP-BEH (CN: 25504) Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing 737-33A by John Fitzpatrick

One of the 737s has already been cannibalised for spares. PK is trying to acquire new narrowbody aircraft, but financing has been a problem.
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Old 11th Feb 2013, 13:37
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I'm no accident investigator, and who knows how many factually details will come out. (perhaps someone was on frequency and heard some transmissions).

From the photo, a couple things stand out. There doesn't seem to be too much damage to the gear that is folded in. Tires intact, not twisted or sheared in an abnormal direction. The gear door is partially open, and there is some fluid present, but that could have come from the nacelle. Also they are still on the runway, a bit off centerline but it's possible they may not have even taken out any edge lights. As stated the lack of blown slides and no evidence of post crash fire show either the cabin experience was benign, or that they were hoping some nice fella at Oman air would just DDL the left main gear and engine and allow them to carry on and minimize delay.

It would appear to me that it was known before touch down that a main was not down and locked, and it was flown accordingly, and then at a slow speed the left wing finally stopped flying and that pulled them a bit cockeyed. If so, I would say well done.

Now, to the supper guppy pilots, any specifics on the gear system, gravity extension, is it possible to shake or yaw the plane and let springs and the over center locks to snap that main into place?
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I doubt its a gear door hanging down...

The pool of fluid is likely to be hydraulic fluid where some pipes to the brakes that have been disturbed. It could even be from the A/C packs if they are still on... Few other sources possible obviously!
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Well, that's it then. Case solved and closed in 11 posts!

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Old 11th Feb 2013, 15:36
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Is the reverser on number 1 deployed, or is that just a shadow? If it is that seems to indicate an unanticipated collapse after landing.

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Naw. I guess the cowling just did not appreciate being dragged across the tarmac.
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Old 11th Feb 2013, 16:27
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Most planes manage to avoid fatal crashes on landing. I'm not sure what the thread headline was supposed to mean.

On the B737 there is always the back up landing gear of an engine to slide on.

An exciting technical fault - yes
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Old 11th Feb 2013, 17:26
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"Aircraft has been in service with PIA since the mid-1980s, regularly used for Gulf flights, as well as domestic sectors."

My error: the aircraft was actually only in the fleet since 2004, before which it was used by the Pakistan Govt as a VIP aircraft. (The rest of the PK 737 fleet is of mid-1980s vintage).

Probably a significantly lower time acft than the rest of the fleet - making it more likely that it will be repaired. (In any case, damage seems minimal).
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Old 11th Feb 2013, 17:34
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For accuracy: one agency 'Express News' said the gear failed before landing: 'AV Herald' said it failed on landing. Which was it? What gear indication did they have? Any reports of what failed, mechanically? If it failed on landing and was a surprise they did a good job of keeping it on the concrete; but that might depend at what speed it failed.
How long after the escape with death is the photo. I don't see any steps or slides or doors, so i assume they are all still cocooned inside.
I'm sure the Daily Mail will come up with the truth.
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Old 11th Feb 2013, 17:35
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Aircraft left main gear collapsed on the roll-out.
No casualties.
Has now been moved.
Runway reopened.
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non-circular air intake

So many experts and

This is probably the technique used to create the distinctive non-circular air intake,
or the "hamster pouch" inlet of the 737 ...


Sorry ...
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