August 09, 1997
"As the tundra tire equipped airplane slowed to 25 knots during the landing roll on a gravel strip, the left main landing gear leg separated at the wheel attachment bolt holes. The airplane ground looped, and both wingtips were damaged. Metallurgical examination revealed multiple fatigue cracks originating from the bolt holes. The airplane had been used extensively for off-airport landings, both on wheels and skis."
June 09, 2003
"The pilot of the wheel ski-equipped airplane was attempting to takeoff down-slope from a remote mountain glacier airstrip for an air taxi sightseeing flight . The pilot reported that the snow on the runway was fresh and wet, which slowed the airplane's acceleration. He said he elected to abort the takeoff because of the airplane's slow acceleration and low airspeed. Following the aborted takeoff, he initiated a left turn to return to the top of the airstrip for another takeoff attempt. As the airplane turned, the pilot said it felt like the right main landing gear wheel ski encountered a soft spot or sink hole, and sank deeper into the snow. As soon the as the ski sank, the airplane nosed over. The airplane received structural damage to the fuselage and right wing."
Do you know of any other aircraft involved in as many reported incidents? I limited this to CIVIL aircraft because I know it has happened many times with military A/C.
DavidByrne From New Zealand, joined Sep 2007, 1881 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3476 times:
Don't know about aircraft, but re pilots: I once saw a television documentary about the Ethiopian Airlines 767 flight that crashed into the sea after being hi-jacked and headed for Australia - before running out of fuel. The pilot had survived numerous crashes (five, if I recall correctly) - and was still working for the airline!
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PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3274 times:
In late January or early February, 1970, a future N739PA-registered 747-121 slated for Pan American was involved in a mishap. I found this from "Boeing 747: Design And Development Since 1969" by Guy Norris & Mark Wagner, from Motorbrooks International, published in 1997, page 46:
Quote: (N739PA) was being used to help test the effects of crosswinds on engine performance...(the test was) on the JT9D-3 engines with deactivated barometric pressure switches, and a Vance International DC-7 was brought in as a giant wind machine. As the DC-7 taxied into position to one side of the 747, its vertical fin and rudder struck the right outboard elevator of the 747, causing damage to both aircraft. N739PA was repaired and delivered to Pan Am a few days later on February 15, 1970.
N739PA served for 18 years, 10 months, and a few days before being tragically lost over Lockerbie, Scotland.
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TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4345 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3090 times:
You'll have to forgive my poor memory but a BEA Trident 1 was involved in two accidents.
At LHR in the late 1960s a freighter (Ambassador?) crashed into a line of parked aircraft at Terminal 1. Two Tridents were involved RPI and RPT. They were rebuilt into one aircraft which was RPI. I believe the whole rear fuselage of one was grafted onto the fwd fuselage of the other.
RPI was the Trident that later crashed on take off from LHR when the leading edge devices (they are not slats but droop on a T1) were retracted prematurely.