Mjsmigel From United States of America, joined Oct 2002, 56 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3208 times:
Has anyone heard of the incident from 1982 or 1983 where a Boeing 727 (I am fairly sure it was a 727) made an emergency landing on Interstate 15 about 40 miles south of Tucson? This made the local media headlines when I lived there at the time.
I'd be curious to hear whether anyone knows of this incident, and whether any similar freeway landings by a large commercial jet might have been made. It's odd that I haven't heard of anything like this since.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3024 times:
The only thing I can recall re: 727s and Tucson is a Continental 727-200 that took-off, ran into a "dry" microburst, whose downdraft winds put him into some powerlines near the airport. The aircraft struck the ground, and was damaged pretty badly. This was back in 1977, and there were no fatalities or major injuries. The aircraft may (or may not) have been trying for I-10, but the downdrafts sort of made that decision for them.
Cmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2781 times:
There was one in 1977 a southern airways DC9 which attempted to land on a freeway . 62 people died in that accident
Freeway my ass, that was some rural road. Had it been a freeway it might have been a fairly sucessful landing, but the trees along the road ripped the plane to metal splinters.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7900 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
We just had a single engine Cessna make an emergency landing on the un-opened section of I-99 here outside of State College a few weeks back. The plane had an engine failure and he couldn't make it back to the airport. He landed on the freeway on a section thats complete but hadn't opened to traffic yet. He was about 4 miles away from the end of the runway
Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
I read the magazine from Frequent Flyer OAG about TACA 737-300 how to lift off the grass levee? The Boeing teams was set up wooden lay the ground about 5,000 feet so 733 took off and flew to MSY. It had to remove all seats, overbins and heavy load items. It helps lighter aircraft to lift off. All stuff brought to MSY and put them back 733 and a few days later return to service.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6383 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2345 times:
Well. I-15 doesn't run anywhere near TUS. The CO 727 "struck" the ground when it returned to land not off the runway. How do I know about the CO 727? I was at the end of RWY 21 at the moment the incident occured. I have pictures of the aircraft flying over, the remnants of the pole that the wing took out and the aircraft after landing. If it had hit the ground I'd be a smear under the Caterpillar dealer today.
it's getting harder not to tell people they are really odd if they think an airplan can be sexy.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2136 times:
A friend and I flew his C-172 over the levee a day or two later. How odd and out of place it was to see a relatively healthy, undamaged 737 sitting in a large grassy area!
As a point of note, before Boeing flew the plane back to MSY, there was talk of taking it apart, and barging it to Lakefront Airport to be reassembled. The levee involved was next to an industrial canal that wound its way between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain (on which Lakefront is located).
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina