Bkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9905 times:
Air China 744 hit a soft spot off the taxiway at LAX enroute to PEK and got stuck at 0155 Sunday. The 330 people aboard were taken off the plane, the fuel removed to make it lighter however it seems the 744 is still stuck.
BoeingATL From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9035 times:
I'm in LA now. Saw the plane right off aviation avenue, fire trucks and stuff all around. And no camera. According to local news it made a wrong turn and it's right gear got stuck in 3 ft of soft asphalt. It has now been moved, but is behind a building so no photo op. But have to say, it's livery was pretty dirty looking.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13765 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 8652 times:
According to later afternoon news reports, the airport emergency services placed wire mats under and behind the affected landing gear on the soft taxiway area and used tugs to pull the a/c out of the problem area.
It will be interesting to find out what happened. As was the beginning of the flight, the pilot wouldn't be tired, like at the end of the flight. Perhaps the pilot was given some bad taxing directions or they misunderstood the taxing directions.
Legacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7787 times:
I can only imagine the flight crew had no idea what happened when their aircraft hit the " soft spot". I am assuming they tried to get loose from the area by increasing the engines? I wonder how much time went by before they said " LAX, we have a problem"?
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 7121 times:
Just saw it on the local LA FOX 10:00 news (KTTV-TV) -- all pax were bussed to a hotel at about 5:00, the tires were replaced, and it departed this evening. Also noted that the geer had gone "1 to 3 feet into the ground"
Aparently several pax were concerned about using the same aircraft and they went out with 27 pax fewer than were boarded the first time around. (The pax that FOX was interviewing were told that it was a "mechanical problem" and didn't find out until the reporter told them what the real issue was)
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