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"Inbound to 13L, less than 2 miles from touchdown, surprisingly the landing gear has not yet been lowered."
What would a reason be to wait this long to extend the landing gear in a jet? Less than 2 miles from touchdown on a normal glideslope would mean this plane is at about 500-600 feet AGL. I remember reading either in this forum or somewhere else that usually, airlines typically require the plane to be fully configured for landing at 1500' AGL in IMC, and 1000' AGL in VMC. Could it be that perhaps the pilots simply...forgot?! Maybe it was caught during the checklist or a warning sounded with the last flap extension?
Landing on 13L at JFK involves a right hand turn after Canarsie VOR, and the turn is rather late on the approach, not quite Kai Tak but it's still 1500' or less.