Charles802
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Delta Emergency Landing At SFO

Tue Mar 14, 2000 3:31 pm

A DL 727-200 bound for Salt Lake City, was forced to return to SFO this evening, after a landing gear problem was discovered shortly after takeoff (no word yet on the exact problem). The plane circled for nearly an hour and dumped fuel as the pilots examined their options. The plane landed without the landing gear extended on one wing. The landing was safe, there was no fire, and no passengers were seriously hurt during the deplaning procedure through the chutes. The plane obviously received significant damage to that one side.

Expect major delays into SFO this evening (the airport is now re-opened) and 30-40 minute delays for OAK and SJC.
 
Charles802
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RE: More Info

Tue Mar 14, 2000 3:48 pm

It was flight 1972 on a/c N516DA
The load was fairly light---77 people on board.

Interestingly, Delta's website still lists the flight as "on time"

 
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RE: Delta Emergency Landing At SFO

Tue Mar 14, 2000 3:57 pm

I just saw the plane on the channel 2 KTVU news. The right wing looked really torn up. They interviewed some passengers and they seemed to be pretty darn scared. Some thought they were going to die. You are right that they are still having delays there, since the plane is still on the runway.

-WiL SW737
 
Charles802
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RE: Ktvu

Tue Mar 14, 2000 6:42 pm

Yeah...I saw the same report LOL
 
HyperMike
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RE: Delta Emergency Landing At SFO

Wed Mar 15, 2000 1:04 am

I went to Landings.com to get the A/C data. http://www5.landings.com/cgi-bin/nph-search_nnr?pass=22929271&nnumber=516da

N-number : N516DA
Aircraft Serial Number : 21432
Aircraft Manufacturer : BOEING
Model : 727-232
Engine Manufacturer : P & W
Model : JT8D-9 SER
Aircraft Year : 1978
Owner Name : WILMINGTON TRUST COMPANY TRUSTEE
Owner Address : RODNEY SQ ATTN EQUIP LEASING
WILMINGTON, DE, 19890
Registration Date : 16-Jan-1986
Airworthiness Certificate Type : Standard
Approved Operations : Transport
 
MCOtoATL
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Credit The Flight Crew

Wed Mar 15, 2000 1:38 am

I think we should all credit the crew on this flight. It could have been a disaster. This is the moment thay they train for but hope to never see, and they all handled it well. I can understand the passengers being scared, but it sounds as if the crew handled everything in textbook fashion. Kudos to them!
 
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RE: Delta Emergency Landing At SFO

Wed Mar 15, 2000 2:26 am

I saw pictures on tv, the left wing was in a pretty good condition after what happened. Do you think a landing like this would have been more or less difficult with planes which have engines attached under the wings ?
Cool that nothing worse happened in this case.
 
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RE: Delta Emergency Landing At SFO

Wed Mar 15, 2000 7:35 am

Why are so few replies to this topic ? Maybe because it was A Boeing Jet ?
 
Ilyushin96M
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RE: Delta Emergency Landing At SFO

Wed Mar 15, 2000 7:45 am

I've seen shots of 737s that have made landings with their gear stuck, as well as prop-driven aircraft. Seems those engine nacelles are pretty tough, all they get is a good scraping, no engine separation from the wing on most occasions. And props when they are feathered don't end up being total losses as only a couple blades are damaged in a gear-up landing.

Considering the possible alternatives, seems to me this 727 came through the landing alright, though I've not seen any pix of it yet. And of course the credit goes to the flight crew for their handling of the situation.

Now a question - are 727s having more frequent mishaps as they begin to feel their age?
 
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RE: Delta Emergency Landing At SFO

Tue Mar 28, 2000 7:48 am

A/C 516 was returned to service yesterday, 26 Mar.00. Flaps, slats, landing gear components and a wingtip were replaced. Seems that another 727 has dodged the scrappers' torch....
This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
 
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RE: Delta Emergency Landing At SFO

Tue Mar 28, 2000 4:34 pm

DL_mech, nice touch.  

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