|Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 6):|
Quoting Sleekjet (Reply 4):
Stupid civilian question: Is the problem with overweight landings what it does to the plane or what it does to the runway?
Doesn't affect the runway (the runway was able to handle takeoff weights, which are higher).
Landing overweight (not done except in emergencies) involves maintenance checking certain components for damage, and if they find any, repairing the aircraft. The amount of weight over the max, and how hard a landing are also factors.
It should be noted that all aircraft are certified to land up to Max TO
weight. That is, the gear will not collapse or anything if they land overweight unless the pilots screw up or other factors are at play. However, overweight landings involve higher speeds than you would typically like to use, and thus are more risky.
As others have said though, even the best overweight landing can lead to (non catastrophic) damage, so an inspection is mandatory.
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