mjsmigel
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727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Mon Nov 11, 2002 3:28 pm

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'm astonished that I can't seem to locate such an incident in the NTSB database at http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/query.asp .

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.

MJ

 
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Mon Nov 11, 2002 7:09 pm

There was one in 1977 a southern airways DC9 which attempted to land on a freeway . 62 people died in that accident . More details here

http://www.aopa.org/asf/asfarticles/sp9808.html

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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Mon Nov 11, 2002 7:32 pm

Here´s the one Indian_flyboy talks about:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/1977/770404-1.htm

And here´s another one, a Bac1-11 on a German Autobahn:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/1971/710906-0.htm

Nothing in 1982/1983, though.

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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Mon Nov 11, 2002 8:49 pm

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.

Try this...

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=57235&key=0


If that's not the one, let me know....
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Tom in NO
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 12:41 am

We had a TACA 737-300 make an emergency landing on a grass levee in eastern New Orleans in May of 1987 after losing both engines due to an encounter with a thunderstorm.

At the time, it was the first and ONLY safe landing (no injuries or damage) of a commercial airliner at someplace other than an airport.

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001213X25693&key=1

Tom in NO (at MSY)

PS: As an aside, Boeing pilots came down here, and actually flew it off the levee back to MSY!
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 1:41 am

Tom,

I remember seeing a TV special about the TACA MSY incident...I was quite impressed by it...

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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 2:03 am

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.
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 7:51 am

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
 
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 9:23 am

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.

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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 9:27 am

What's also noteworthy about the TACA incident is that one engine had to be changed right there on the dike. After they hopped it back over to MSY, the other engine was changed...
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 9:37 am

wow that first link is a chilling transcript!
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:31 am

any close encounters @ FLL? the runway is right next to i-95
 
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 11:59 am

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.
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Tue Nov 12, 2002 1:38 pm

Add to that OPNLGuy is correct! I remembered read about that one, too. Yes, they have a real bad damaged one engine and replace engine before go to MSY.

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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Wed Nov 13, 2002 12:50 am

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).

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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Wed Nov 13, 2002 2:15 am

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.

I think the gas station the plane hit had something to do with it breaking up.
 
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RE: 727 Landing On An Interstate Highway - 1982

Wed Nov 13, 2002 3:19 am

cmk10 , so there are 2 reports on the web , very authentic ones at that who don't know a difference between a rural road and freeway ? WOW !!

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