YYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4 Posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7280 times:
Has a pax jet ever made a planed emergency landing without any gear at all? I do remember hearing about a TWA 727 doing this at BOS with foam put out on the runway or something like that. I mean like a jet with engines on the wings. I'd suspect the pilots would burn off most of the fuel to minimize the explosion from the sparks that mix with the jet fuel. What kind of preparations would the flight crew have to make in such a situation? Anyone heard anything or have any ideas?
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7270 times:
I can't think of one case were a commercial plane did a full belly landing. There have been nose or main failures, but never all. The landing gear on a passanger plane are designed to 'free fall' and lock down in an emergency situation.
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WTXJET From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7215 times:
On February 19, 1996 a Continental Airlines DC-9 landed at IAH without the landing gear deployed and this was no emergency landing. Simply the pilots failed to lower the gear.
Quoting from the NTSB report, Captain had omitted the 'Hydraulics' item on the in-range checklist and the F/O failed to detect the error, hydraulic pressure was not available to lower the landing gear and deploy the flaps.
UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7104 times:
A military cargo plane (I can't remember when or where, though it was in the past year) landed without gear. I want to say it was in California, but I'm not sure. It was on CNN and they shut down one of the engines as well. (It was a prop plane).
FlyHoss From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7030 times:
From the NTSB website, here's some details of a Continental Express Beech 1900 executing an intentional (all) gear up emergency landing (sorry for the all capital letters; I copied it directly from the site):
CONTINENTAL EXPRESS FLIGHT 206, A BEECH 1900 AIRLINER, DEPARTED DENVER, CO, FOR NORTH PLATTE, NE. DURING DESCENT FOR LANDING, PILOT ATTEMPTED TO LOWER GEAR. LEFT MAIN AND NOSE GEARS LOCKED DOWN BUT RIGHT MAIN STUCK IN INTERMEDIATE POSITION. PILOT ATTEMPTED TO EXTEND GEAR VIA MANUAL EXTENSION AND ACCELERATED 'G' MANEUVERS. BOTH ATTEMPTS FAILED. FLIGHT RETURNED TO DENVER AND PILOT EXECUTED WHEELS-UP LANDING. POST-INCIDENT EXAMINATION DISCLOSED FOREIGN MATERIAL LODGED IN POPPET SEAT AND RETAINER OF LANDING GEAR ACTUATOR EXTEND PORT. ACTUATOR WAS CLEANED, REASSEMBLED, AND FUNCTIONALLY TESTED OK. FOREIGN SUBSTANCE WAS ANALYZED BY FOURIER TRANSFORM INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY AND IDENTIFIED AS LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE (I.E. PLASTIC BAG OR DUST COVER). RESIDUE ON FOREIGN SUBSTANCE WAS IDENTIFIED AS MIL-H-5606 HYDRAULIC FLUID. INVESTIGATION DISCLOSED SUBSTANCE COULD HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED INTO ACTUATOR DURING MANUFACTURE OR INTO HYDRAULIC SYSTEM DURING AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY
The aircraft was just a few weeks old at the time of the incident. It was ferried from DEN to BJC just a few days later for repairs and returned to the line flying within a few weeks.
N272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6901 times:
Back some years ago, I remember reading about a British Airways ATP executed a partial gear up landing on a flight from Connaught/Knock/Ireland West Airport (NOC) to Manchester (MAN). Roughly 60 pax onboard, no injuries.
Bx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 675 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6629 times:
I'm not fully sure of the date but it was mid 1970s apparently a Spantax CV990 made a wheels up landing in Cologne with no injuries on board. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service. IIRC the underneath of the CV990 in the museum in Lucerne was used for the repair job.
I think I remember seeing on the news a twin engine cessna land on its belly on Lebanon Church Rd near the PA-51 clover leaf when attempting an emergency landing at AGC. This was more than ten years ago...
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