I searched and searched and could not find any mention of this incident. I heard about it second hand from passengers on board who described the events more as a "crash." The article makes no specific mention of damage to the a/c and I know there were no injuries. Is there already a thread on this? Anybody have more details?
You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin
Skaggs From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 144 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
I actually saw this incident from the cabin of flight AA 1972 DFW-MIA. I was in seat 6F and we were taxiing in. I was headed to SXM. I observed an AA 757 doing a low flyby with apparently everything down and locked, right by the tower and there was what appeared to be an AS 350 helicopter that was hovering adjacent the tower to help observe. The equipment was rolling down the runway. I went to the Intl gate area for my departure to SXM and attempted to find out more info but it seemed it was a non-event.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3410 posts, RR: 50 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1996 times:
Must have been this flight:
-0861/07 N5DL MIA-SJU RTND MIA ACCT RH MLG UNABLE TO RETRACT.
LNDD W/O INCDNT. ACFT OTS, FLT CHEQ/RDPTD.
AA861/07Jan MIA-SJU, acft 5DL, returned MIA account Right Hand Main Landing Gear Unable to Retract. Landed without incident [obviously it wasn't even a "hard landing"]. Aircraft OuT of Service. Flight CHanged EQuipment and ReDeParTeD.
Civilian passengers often claim a landing was a "crash" when pilots would classify it as "firm" (meaning we didn't get a good flare, but well within the plane's normal operating limits). My worst 738 landing [a couple of months ago] was like that. A number of folks commented about the "poor" [hard, crash, etc.] landing while a couple of USN folks thanked me for the "gentle reminder" of what a carrier landing "almost" feels like [yep, not quite that hard]. Embarassing as heck, but nobody's perfect...although we try.
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