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More: Beijing - Capital (PEK / ZBAA)
More: China, July 1, 2007
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B-2553 (cn 23744/155) Nose landing gear was accidentally retracted during boarding at gate 209. Two people were injured on board.
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A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri December 21, 2012:
One wonders why there isn't a simple safety mechanism which will simply not allow gear retraction if IAS

A visitor from - posted Sat October 27, 2012:
If you look at the main landing gear linkage, it looks under-centered....as if to retract. It locks in the "over-centered" position. It looks like it tried to retract during this incident...but as was said, it retracts sideways and so is not as easily retracted as the nose gear. But this aircraft is still in a dangerous configuration. There shouldn't be anyone near it except "rescuers". Yes, if people were onboard when this happened then it is a rescue situation because the aircraft is still in a dangerous configuration.

A visitor from United States posted Tue September 4, 2012:
I like nose down attitudes that some planes have like the CR7 and CR9 while sitting on the ground. But not this kind of nose down!

A visitor from France posted Sat July 7, 2012:
During boarding..... O M G..... :)

A visitor from - posted Mon May 7, 2012:
People do this all over the world.
A rare scene, but I am sorry to see this.

YwH

A visitor from - posted Tue December 6, 2011:
Who was the captain of the plane? Glen Quagmire??

A visitor from Philippines posted Thu September 15, 2011:
What the heck happened with this one... maybe the mechanic positioned at the nose gear section forgot to install the micro-switch or the circuit in the nose gear section was accidentally open.. maybe just maybe... anyway.. its one heck of a photo and an accident..

A visitor from United States posted Sun June 19, 2011:
Liebherr Landing Gear should makes come cranes!

A visitor from Canada posted Sun April 24, 2011:
The plane... hurts...

A visitor from Finland posted Mon July 5, 2010:
Somebody is going to have a very bad day ^^

A visitor from - posted Sun June 13, 2010:
Actually, its an engineer error.. But it is indeed weird

A visitor from - posted Mon February 8, 2010:
"Ladies and Gentleman , eer this...is .... your Captain.... Speaking... We are going to retract the landing gears for a landing gear test. Thank you and have a nice back to Earth experience!"

A visitor from - posted Thu January 7, 2010:
I'm sure he'll have lots of time sweeping the hanger floors to think about this blunder.

A visitor from - posted Thu August 6, 2009:
This is soooooo...weird! You don't see that everyday!

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 14, 2009:
Introducing the NEW Bowing 767-2J6!

A visitor from United States posted Thu March 26, 2009:
Reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Homer becomes a pilot and retracts the landing gear while on the tarmac.

A visitor from United States posted Sun December 7, 2008:
The plane is bowing for Beijing

A visitor from Canada posted Tue June 24, 2008:
When in the locked position, the landing gear has a circuit that is connected that allows for the illumination of the green landing gear lights and the immobilization of the landing gear itself. Mechanical issues and overrides can, well, override this feature.

A visitor from United States posted Mon June 23, 2008:
There must be a maintenance problem with the "weight on wheels" system, this should not be possible on a Boeing

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 18, 2008:
This is a good photo. Is this the same aircraft that when they raised the nose with air bags, someone left a tail stand under the right horizontal stab. and it punched through the stab.

A visitor from India posted Thu October 25, 2007:
Nice photo

A visitor from Sweden posted Tue August 14, 2007:
Great shot of a way to common accident.
Comments to previous posters: If the weight get a little wrong during bording the nosewheel can retract, although i belive there's an override switch so you can order the gear to retract even when there's weight on it.
And by the way, the main gear wont retract as they are retracted sidways, so the tires would have to be dragged on the concrete to retract.

A visitor from China posted Sat July 7, 2007:
Quite interesting mishap

A visitor from China posted Wed July 4, 2007:
LX-TCV last year have emerged in the same incident in shanghai(PVG).

A visitor from India posted Tue July 3, 2007:
Only part side of the aircraft is visible asif it is kneeling down.

A visitor from China posted Tue July 3, 2007:
I saw this exact photo on the front cover of a Chinese newspaper. Was permission given?

A visitor from Argentina posted Tue July 3, 2007:
Positive rate of climb - gear up!

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 3, 2007:
No pun intended but the photo resembles a modern day mass transporting rickshaw having gently been set on the tarmac.

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 2, 2007:
I am pretty sure there this was some sort of a malfunction and not an accident. I don't think when there is weight on wheels the gear can be retracted. Has to be some sort of mechanical malfunction.

A visitor from Italy posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Here's your captain speaking, for your comfort we'll now lower the front landing gear to aese your disembarkation. thanks for your attention!

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 2, 2007:
LOL! I'd have hated to be on that plane when the nose started going down!

A visitor from Singapore posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Very nice. Although it is a terrible scene.

A visitor from Turkey posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Nice

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Nice picture, lots going on around the aircraft. You have to ask yourself......How on earth do you "accidentally" retract the landing gear whilst the aircraft is on stand?

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon July 2, 2007:
A very strange sight since the landing gear is
automatically locked. Great picuture, not a everyday sight !

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon July 2, 2007:
MAN how could he do that??? Oh my...

A visitor from Austria posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Isn't the front gear locked on the ground in order to prevent it from retracting? Nice shot!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon July 2, 2007:
I'm surprised that that's possible. You'd think that there'd be an interlock preventing the gear from being raised when there's weight on it. I like the people standing around looking at it, all with one thought in their mind... "I'm glad I'm not the pilot".

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Looks like a ground-crew error of some sort. Normally, when the pilot throws the gear-lever, all 3 retract. Kind of makes me wonder if there was a lock failure, or hydraulic failure that caused this little mishap. All I can say is the pilots probably said 2 distinct words when this happened... "Oh ****"

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Eeem it has to be a mechanical problem cuz the system don let the landing gear to retract if the plane is on the gorund

A visitor from Canada posted Mon July 2, 2007:
It's something you think could only happen in a Cartoon. Guess Again! Nice capture.

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 2, 2007:
I don't think the system allows landing gear to be retractable even if the pilot "want" to, once the "plane on ground" signal is detected. It must be some kind of mechanical failure.

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 2, 2007:
I don't think the system allows landing gear to be retractable even if the pilot "want" to, once the "plane on ground" signal is detected. It must be some kind of mechanical failure.

A visitor from New Zealand posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Did the pilot think the gear leaver was the throttle leaver?? Nice capture, wounder what the people inside the cabin were thinking! B from NZ

A visitor from Sweden posted Mon July 2, 2007:
How is that ossible, was it not a hydrulic loss?

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Excellent shot! This may be the only time when a person can climb into a 767 through its front door without any help!

A visitor from United States posted Mon July 2, 2007:
Ouch! Looks like the engine hit the ground, it'll be quite expensive to repair!

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