N754AN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2322 times:
I have just been out in the back garden putting some washing out to dry on the line and I noticed that circling in the Biggin Hill Stack, was a British Airways A319/20 with the landing gear already down... I got my binoculars out to double check that I wasn't seeing things and sure enough the gear was down whilst circling! I watched for about 5 mins then the plane came out of the stack and headed towards LHR.
I have never seen that before, which is why it caught my eye!
Anyone with any ideas as to why the gear would have been down so early??
NorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3140 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2219 times:
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possibly someone forgot to pull the handleing pin and the gear couldnt retract after takeoff? Ive seen that before, its not really a safety issue as long as they keep they airspeed below the gear limits, so they probably just asked for return to LHR and got stacked.
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Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2174 times:
I fly into LHR about 2-3 times a week these days, and while this is unusal, it has happened me a few times just as we're leaving the holding pattern. Apparently it's used just as another way of adding drag and reducing speed, very often a steep decent is needed out of the hold to make the final approach. As long as the speed is below the limits (which it definitely would be at this stage of the flight) it's completely safe.