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Why So Many Landing Gear Problems With Fokkers?

Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:38 pm

Another F100 incident today in Germany. These Aircraft have a history of landing gear problems over the years, anyone know why ?
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RE: Why So Many Landing Gear Problems With Fokkers?

Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:05 pm

http://www.fokker-aircraft.info/accidents.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_100

Seems there have been a handful of F100 incidents - these airplanes are getting a little old now, production ended in 1997, so the latest airplanes have been flying for 12 years.
Also, I assume they're predominantly used on short commuter hops with quick turnaround due to the fairly short 1700 mile range, that probably puts alot of cycles on the airframe and gear and subsequently more wear and tear perhaps?

Incidentally though, I only count a few landing gear problems - there was one in Dallas where the RH main gear failed at the torque link, then one belly landing in Campinas, Brazil.
The gear collapsed in another incident after runway overrun because of snow in Tehran so that one doesn't count.
This latest incident in Germany makes a count of three 'catastrophic gear failures' for the F100 - not exactly a plague, still not ideal though.
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RE: Why So Many Landing Gear Problems With Fokkers?

Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:15 am



Quoting Wingscrubber (Reply 1):
This latest incident in Germany makes a count of three 'catastrophic gear failures' for the F100 - not exactly a plague, still not ideal though.

Not sure what you consider "catastrophic" but there have been far more F100 gear collapses etc. than that. Following are 10 F100 gear-related events I was able to find. In 2 cases the gear couldn't be lowered. The other 8 involve main gear collapses (7 of the 8 involving the right gear). The first one was during the test program. The KLM F100 involved in the right gear collapse at GVA in 1989 (2nd item below) was only 2 months old.
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19870731-0
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19890305-0
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19940128-0
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19991107-0
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20010523-0
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20020830-2
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20040725-0
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20050629-0
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20090119-0
http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20090914-0
 
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RE: Why So Many Landing Gear Problems With Fokkers?

Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:51 pm

Anyone knows which company produces their landing gear?

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RE: Why So Many Landing Gear Problems With Fokkers?

Wed Sep 23, 2009 5:53 pm

Even one of the F100 prototypes had a landing gear collapse at AMS during the test programme. I remember pilots being quoted by newspapers at that time as saying that the aicraft didn't have strong-looking legs, for what that's worth. Perhaps the F28 landing gear was left unchanged and could have done with some strengthening?

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