AF002 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 74 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1591 times:
TWA plane lands safely
(8:39 p.m.) -- TWA flight 519, a 717 carrying 76 people, made a belly landing at MidAmerica Airport. The flight could not get its nose gear down and was diverted to MidAmerica in order to make the emergency landing. The plane had to burn fuel before landing. The flight originated in Nashville and landed in Springfield, Ill., due to weather conditions at Lambert Airport. Stay tuned to KMOV.com and News 4 for more information on this story as soon as it is available.
PropilotJW From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 590 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1371 times:
I made a post on this subject last night but the post was deleted for some reason. I work at MidAmerica Airport as an aircraft refueleer and was there at the time of this incident. The airctaft was coming from nashville,TN and was going to STL but had to divert to SPI (springfield IL) to get fuel due to bad wx at STL. The aircraft was going into STL and thenose gear would not come down. The a/c diverted to BLV (MidAmerica) where the foam trucks had the runway foamed. The aicraft circled to burn as much fuel as possible. the main gear was down and locked and the a/c made a stunning nose-gear-up landind. the a/c came to rest with about 2,000 ft of the 10,000 ft runway left. emergency crews then hurried to the a/c where there weas no fire and no injuries. one woman was taken to the hospital b/c she has a heart problem.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1329 times:
Mascoutah, Ill. (KMOV, AP) -- TWA mechanics are on the scene and federal investigators are expected to arrive at Mid America Airport this afternoon. They are searching for what caused the nose landing gear of flight 519 to fail forcing a belly landing.
A TWA Boeing 717 traveling from Nashville to St. Louis made an emergency landing at MidAmerica Airport at about 8:30 Thursday night after the landing gear failed to operate.
TWA spokeswoman Julia Bishop-Cross said no one was hurt. Flight 519 was carrying 71 passengers and 5 crew members.
She said one passenger was taken to a hospital. She believes that was for observation because she said the person has a known heart condition.
The flight was due to arrive at Lambert Airport at about 3 p.m. Because of weather conditions, the flight landed in Springfield, Illinois. Once the weather cleared, the flight headed for Lambert Airport and that was when pilots reported trouble lowering the nosegear, TWA said. The flight was diverted to MidAmerica Airport where crews foamed the runway in preparation for the belly landing.
Donn Johnson on location at MidAmerica Airport reported that several emergency vehicles were on the scene Thursday night. He reported that the emergency chutes in both the front and rear of the plane had been deployed. He said that the plane did not appear to be too badly damaged and the airport was taking on a circus-like atmosphere as people flocked to the scene to witness the landing.
Bishop-Cross said initial reports were that the plane's nosegear did not go down as it normally would on landing, but there was "not a whole lot of damage" to the plane.
Passengers boarded buses at MidAmerica and were transported to St. Louis.
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1294 times:
Surely they didn't foam the runway before the aircraft landed.That would greatly increase the risk of the aircraft leaving the runway. They must have foamed the runway as the aircraft came to a stop the spread of any possible fire.
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1222 times:
I work for STL airport authority. I am well aware of how foam is dispensed. ARFF trucks will not be on the runway itself to appply foam for an approaching aircraft. They will be well outside the runway safety area. What if the pilot lost control?
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6291 posts, RR: 10
Reply 25, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
I HAVE FLOWN 407!!!!! I just thought I would share- you toured N407TW, and I flew it from DFW-STL just in July. Great airplane.
I would think the foam blanket would be sprayed to REDUCE friction. Scraping metal across concrete does not cause fires; sparks generated from heat- a direct result of friction- cause fires.
This is strange.
I must correct someone though: AirTran's fires were NOT on their 717 aircraft, but their DC-9-30s. They DID have a couple of complete electrical failures, but this was corrected.
All new planes have teething problems. Let's not even get started on the DC-10. I don't think this 717 is snakebit, I think it's great. But I will admit that it is a little... worrisome. Could it be TWA's cost-cutting measures are biting them in the butt? Who knows?