On August 10, 2002, at 05:40 EDT, a Federal Express DC-10-10 (N388FE) on a domestic cargo flight, blew 8 tires during landing following an in-flight failure of the #3 hydraulic system and an unsafe left main landing gear light on approach to the Tampa Intl Airport, Tampa, Florida. The aircraft sustained minor damage. There were no injuries to the crew of 4 on board. The flight originated from Memphis, Tennessee, at 0317 CDT.
The crew stated that while lowering the landing gear on approach to Tampa Intl, they heard a loud noise followed by a failure of the #3 hydraulic system. The pilot notified the Tampa Control Tower and made a low pass. The tower controller confirmed that the landing gear appeared to be extended. The crew completed the abnormal prcedures, remained in the traffic pattern, and made an approach for landing on runway 36L. On landing roll, all tires on the left and right main gear blew out. The crew stopped the aircraft on the runway and initiated an emergency evacuation without further incident.
My question is...If the #3 hydraulic system on a DC-10-10 fails, does it make it impossible to extend the aircraft's flaps and slats?
The reason I'm asking this is because I suspect the DC-10 landed "hard and fast" due to the loss of landing flaps and slats (a result of the hydraulics failure) causing the tires to blow from the impact! Could this be the case?
Here's the FedEx DC-10 involved.
Photo © Yevgeny Pashnin
It must take quite an impact to blow 8 tires that are inflated up to a MAX of 195 psi.
Photo © Manuel Marin
I'm sure the DC-10's tire smoke during landing looked a lot worse than this MD-11's.
Photo © Florian Kondziela