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Plane Ever Landed Without Landing Gear?  
User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7552 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?  airplane 


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7542 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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User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7536 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
The landing gear on a passanger plane are designed to 'free fall' and lock down in an emergency situation.

Thanks for letting me know that.  Smile



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User currently offlineWTXJET From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7487 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.

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/GenPDF.asp?id=FTW96FA118&rpt=fi

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User currently offlineZeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9210 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7458 times:

Can recall a VS A340 with a partial gear up into LHR on November 5, 1997. Video of a 737 doing similar http://www.metacafe.com/watch/32060/737_gear_up/


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7451 times:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19960219-0

There's another link to the CO incident described.

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You did fantastic!! Stated your evidence, posted your link - welcome to the forum!  bigthumbsup 



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User currently offlineEgghead From United States of America, joined May 2005, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7383 times:

http://www.historyofpia.com/acciphoto.htm

Not an emergency, pilots just forgot!


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7376 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).

UAL


User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7341 times:

Here is a movie of a 737 landing with only one of the 2 main gears down:

http://www.plane-spotter.net/movies/Landing-737%20Gearup.mpg



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User currently offlineAvConsultant From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1360 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7333 times:

I thought there was an Eastern 727 incident in BHM similar to the CO incident.

User currently offlineFlyHoss From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7302 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.



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User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7223 times:

I remember reading a long time ago that the Conti Dc9 had no problems with the gear, and the Captain was talking about tennis while on final.....

duece  Smile



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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7208 times:

What was the airport where the 737 landing incident happened?


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User currently offlineN272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7173 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.


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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7149 times:

There's also the KLM Cityhopper Fokker 50 that made a landing with one of the main gear not locked, the crew for "Airport" just happened to be there and caught the whole thing on film.

User currently offlineBx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6901 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.

User currently offlineNYCFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1388 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6901 times:

didn't this happen in the movie "Airplane"??

User currently offlineDTW757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1589 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6845 times:

Quoting NYCFlyer (Reply 16):
didn't this happen in the movie "Airplane"??

Surely you can't be serious!  rotfl 



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User currently offlineAdam727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6794 times:

I have seen where a Southwest jet landed with the nose gear and one main gear down the other main gear was up. I saw it on airdisaster.com

User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 777 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6777 times:

Seem to remember an incident at DXB, An Il 86 landed without the gear extended, can anyone confirm?

User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3124 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6754 times:

Didn't a UA 744 make a belly landing sometime in the early 90's....I distinctly remember reading about it and even seeing a pic in the NP's....maybe I'm wrong.....  Confused

User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9262 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6716 times:

Quoting DTW757 (Reply 17):
Surely you can't be serious!

Euhh... Don't call him shirley... Big grin

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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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6685 times:

The 707 in 'Airplane' started out with its gear down, but it definitely took off again without landing gear  Smile

User currently offlineBreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

Quoting YYZflyer (Thread starter):
Has a pax jet ever made a planed emergency landing without any gear at all?

I suppose this would qualify:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...940DE4DD113FF93BA1575BC0A96E948260
and this
http://forums.airlinepilotcentral.com/archive/index.php/t-597.html


User currently offlineGeorgiaAME From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 994 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6672 times:

Yes.

But not well



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25 Steeler83 : Yeah, that's right!!! OTTO, that inflatable autopilot, or "OTTOpilot," flew that thing. That movie was one of the funniest movies ever made, and stil
26 Post contains links OPNLguy : Frontier 737-200 at CPR, 1983... http://members.tripod.com/~LAMKINS/FL_737CPR.jpg
27 YYZflyer : I'm probably reading it wrong but it says the passengers got off within 20 mins. How long does it take to get off a plane in an emergency with little
28 Post contains images Steeler83 : I think what happened was the plane landed with its gear down and in tact. The plane could not stop, and Ted Striker, apparently "put his foot on the
29 Post contains images DTW757 : Glad someone got it   Most aircraft that I've flown apply the brakes with the tops of the rudder pedals. I should add that the rudder pedals are spl
30 Post contains images Steeler83 : Any time I was under the impression that the pedals controled the rudder. I saw that while watching a documentary on USAir 427, when they were talkin
31 EMBQA : OOPS..!! Just read the NTSB report. They just forgot to lower the gear....!! D'ooh..!!
32 Tu114 : The Il-62 is actually specifically designed to survive landings with no landing gear - there's a specially strengthened beam along the belly of the ai
33 Levg79 : And don't forget the mechanic opening the hood and checking oil at LAX... Roger Roger, what's our vector Victor?
34 DTW757 : You're welcome. I often wondered how it all worked myself until I started flying. Also on many light aircraft and some small jets the rudder pedals h
35 Post contains links and images VasanthD : View Large View MediumPhoto © Ryan C. Umphrey --Vas
36 Shamrock133 : I did a gear up landing two months ago in a Cessna 172RG.......the right main gear wouldn't extend....even after measures to use the emergency hand pu
37 EMBQA : It's not unique.....all the aircraft I've worked on have this as well. I know the Embraer ERJ has this...
38 Post contains images Steeler83 : Oh yeah, that was funny as hell!!! "aaaaaaahhhh" [crash] "Roger" [huh?] "Roger, Over" [What? Huh?... Who?] *plane takes off* How about McCroskey and
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