I have actually flown on N919AT. This was formerly known as N2417F which had the gear failure. It was the aircraft that landed w/o the nose gear extended. If I had not known about that incident previously, I would never have known that this had ever happened. The aircraft performed splendidly.
The 717 is a beautiful bird, and it will take about another year to get all of the bugs worked out. As they all say, we learn from mistakes. DC9 was a troublesome bird when she first came out, and now look. She is retiring after a 30 some year old career. Almost 40. Just give the 717 some time. She'll prevail. Give her a chance.
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[Edited 2003-04-05 04:26:44]