Aviation Photo #1230411 Boeing 767-2J6/ER - Air China

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Nose landing gear was accidentally retracted during boarding at gate 209. Two people were injured on board.
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Photo Added: July 01, 2007

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Anonymous
10 years ago
Ouch! Looks like the engine hit the ground, it'll be quite expensive to repair!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent shot! This may be the only time when a person can climb into a 767 through its front door without any help!
Anonymous
10 years ago
How is that ossible, was it not a hydrulic loss?
Anonymous
10 years ago
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
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's something you think could only happen in a Cartoon. Guess Again! Nice capture.
Anonymous
10 years ago
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
Anonymous
10 years ago
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 ****"
Anonymous
10 years ago
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".
Anonymous
10 years ago
Isn't the front gear locked on the ground in order to prevent it from retracting? Nice shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
MAN how could he do that??? Oh my...
Anonymous
10 years ago
A very strange sight since the landing gear is
automatically locked. Great picuture, not a everyday sight !
Anonymous
10 years ago
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?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice. Although it is a terrible scene.
Anonymous
10 years ago
LOL! I'd have hated to be on that plane when the nose started going down!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Here's your captain speaking, for your comfort we'll now lower the front landing gear to aese your disembarkation. thanks for your attention!
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
No pun intended but the photo resembles a modern day mass transporting rickshaw having gently been set on the tarmac.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Positive rate of climb - gear up!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I saw this exact photo on the front cover of a Chinese newspaper. Was permission given?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Only part side of the aircraft is visible asif it is kneeling down.
Anonymous
10 years ago
LX-TCV last year have emerged in the same incident in shanghai(PVG).
Anonymous
10 years ago
Quite interesting mishap
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Nice photo
Anonymous
9 years ago
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.
Anonymous
9 years ago
There must be a maintenance problem with the "weight on wheels" system, this should not be possible on a Boeing
Anonymous
9 years ago
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.
Anonymous
8 years ago
The plane is bowing for Beijing
Anonymous
8 years ago
Reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Homer becomes a pilot and retracts the landing gear while on the tarmac.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Introducing the NEW Bowing 767-2J6!
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is soooooo...weird! You don't see that everyday!
Anonymous
7 years ago
I'm sure he'll have lots of time sweeping the hanger floors to think about this blunder.
Anonymous
7 years ago
"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!"
Anonymous
7 years ago
Actually, its an engineer error.. But it is indeed weird
Anonymous
7 years ago
Somebody is going to have a very bad day ^^
Anonymous
6 years ago
The plane... hurts...
Anonymous
6 years ago
Liebherr Landing Gear should makes come cranes!
Anonymous
6 years ago
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..
Anonymous
5 years ago
Who was the captain of the plane? Glen Quagmire??
Anonymous
5 years ago
People do this all over the world.
A rare scene, but I am sorry to see this.

YwH
Anonymous
5 years ago
During boarding..... O M G..... :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
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!
Anonymous
4 years ago
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.
Anonymous
4 years ago
One wonders why there isn't a simple safety mechanism which will simply not allow gear retraction if IAS<v2.

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