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AA A300 Hard Landing In TUL

Sat Jun 26, 1999 12:08 pm

An American Airlines Airbus A300 made a hard landing on a maintenence test flight here in Tulsa this evening......Blew all the tires except those on the nose gear, just talked to my brother, he works on the maint. base out there, came to rest on the intersection of the main runway (18-36) which i believe was closed for some work and runway 8-26 which caused some delays for the other traffic departing and arriving at the airport. Just talked to my brother who is on the base and got an up close look at it, damaged the rims so everything needsd to be replaced, it also dug into the runway a bit......there were 7 crew members on the flight, no one injured. Also just saw on the news about an AA MD-80 that lost an engine or something to that matter on takeoff from San Diego and returned to make a landing at the Naval Air Station, SHEESH!!!!

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RE: AA A300 Hard Landing In TUL

Sat Jun 26, 1999 12:46 pm

For reference, the MD-80 landed at MCAS Mirimar, which was a naval station until about 1 1/2 years ago. It was home to "Top Gun", the fighter pilot school, until the marines took over.
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RE: AA A300 Hard Landing In TUL

Sat Jun 26, 1999 8:01 pm

Was the problem with the MD80 serious? Why didn't they go back to Lindbergh? Surely there's more maintenence facilities etc there? American sure are accident prone these days.
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RE: AA A300 Hard Landing In TUL

Sat Jun 26, 1999 8:25 pm

I saw the A-300 on my way to work. It was quite a site. ADIOS
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What A/c

Sun Jun 27, 1999 3:33 am

Does anyone know what particular a/c was involved?

RE: AA A300 Hard Landing In TUL

Sun Jun 27, 1999 3:40 am

The MD-80 suffered a contained turbine failure on takeoff, about 5 seconds off the ground, according to the local (San Diego) news. The aircraft flew to MCAS Mirimar rather than returning to Lindbergh because the Lindbergh approach is difficult. It is over relatively high terrain, so the aircraft remains close to the ground throughout the approach and the final passes right over buildings that the airplanes only clear by 100-200 feet. Rather than attempt to maneuver to final and attempt a difficult approach in the plane's condition, they flew inland to Mirimar (about 15 miles) and landed there. Mirimar is on very flat terrain, and there are no obstacles. The runways are also longer.

The MD-80 is still at Mirimar. AA mechanics are coming to replace the engine, then it will be flown to DFW for further maintenance, as well as for FAA/NTSB review. The FAA has indicated that this is being treated as an isolated incident as contained turbine failures do happen. I remember a Delta MD-80 a few years back that suffered this problem at LGA.

Interestingly, none of the people shown on the news were upset with American or uncomfortable to fly again. They were all pleased with the quality of the crew's response to the situation, and they said that the crew was excellent about disseminating information when they were able to. The passengers were reaccommodated in several ways. Some were rebooked on later flights to DFW on AA or DL, some waited for the same flight the next afternoon, and AA flew in a Super 80 to transport those passengers who wanted to get to DFW that night but were not able to be reaccommodated. The flight was 100% full, with 133 (20F, 113Y) passengers and 6 crew members.