If you use popsicle sticks to disable the Weight On Wheels (WOW) switch, be sure to remove them.
Mechanics Blamed for GV
According to the NTSB, General Dynamics Aviation Services maintenance personnel in Palm Beach, Fla., failed to remove popsicle sticks that were being used to disable the weight-on-wheels (WOW) switches of a Gulfstream V on jacks. That led to a hard landing causing substantial damage to the airplane, according to the NTSB’s final report of the Feb. 14, 2002 incident. Shortly after departure, the pilot requested a return for landing because the landing gear would not retract. As the jet flared for landing and the crew pulled back the power levers to idle, the spoilers deployed because of the disabled WOW switches. Flight data recorder information showed that the spoilers deployed when the airplane was nearly 60 feet high. The airplane hit the runway at a vertical acceleration of 4.25 g, driving the right main gear through the wing and rupturing a fuel tank. The aircraft, N777TY, was registered to BB
Five, Wilmington, Del., and operated for Ty Inc., Oakland, Ill.
Cost of popsicle sticks: 40 cents
Cost of a G-V: $40M
Look on the pilots' face after landing: Priceless
[Edited 2003-09-08 19:17:55]
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