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BA A319/320 Landing Gear

Fri Jun 11, 2004 11:45 pm

I have just been out in the back garden putting some washing out to dry on the line and I noticed that circling in the Biggin Hill Stack, was a British Airways A319/20 with the landing gear already down... I got my binoculars out to double check that I wasn't seeing things and sure enough the gear was down whilst circling! I watched for about 5 mins then the plane came out of the stack and headed towards LHR.

I have never seen that before, which is why it caught my eye!

Anyone with any ideas as to why the gear would have been down so early??

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RE: BA A319/320 Landing Gear

Sat Jun 12, 2004 12:06 am

putting some washing out to dry on the line

Man, there goes your street cred! Big grin

[meanwhile, back on topic] Most BA planes don't normally put their gear down till just outside the outer marker (in my experience), so that does seem a bit early.
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RE: BA A319/320 Landing Gear

Sat Jun 12, 2004 12:32 am

LOL, I wasn't aware I had any street cred in the first place!!! Confused

[Meanwhile, back to the topic!]
This is why I thought it was bizarre, because they normally put the gear down at around 5 miles from landing (in my experience)...

Makes me wonder of the gear was down for the entire duration of the flight!!!

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RE: BA A319/320 Landing Gear

Sat Jun 12, 2004 12:34 am

possibly someone forgot to pull the handleing pin and the gear couldnt retract after takeoff? Ive seen that before, its not really a safety issue as long as they keep they airspeed below the gear limits, so they probably just asked for return to LHR and got stacked.
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RE: BA A319/320 Landing Gear

Sat Jun 12, 2004 12:57 am

I fly into LHR about 2-3 times a week these days, and while this is unusal, it has happened me a few times just as we're leaving the holding pattern. Apparently it's used just as another way of adding drag and reducing speed, very often a steep decent is needed out of the hold to make the final approach. As long as the speed is below the limits (which it definitely would be at this stage of the flight) it's completely safe.

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