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United Express/Commutair incident 3/4 at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:23 pm

Involved an E-145 from EWR. There are appears to be some injuries:

https://twitter.com/C5Recruiting/status ... 3194130437
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:27 pm

Looks like it did a go-around before landing, too.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... 1#1fb0f08a
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:34 pm

First pictures - wow... that landing gear is not where it ought to be....

https://twitter.com/TomPodolec/status/1 ... 3577566210
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:36 pm

The aircraft ended up in the snow. The gear ended up hitting the engine.

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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:39 pm

Doubt they gonna repair it..
 
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:51 pm

Runway conditions 3/3/3
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:53 pm

They were crying for jets. Penair never crashed.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:53 pm

Wow... Don't think I've ever seen gear end up like that. I suspect the NTSB will be launching a "go team." Hoping for a speedy recovery for those injured.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:54 pm

Ouch. I guess the most obvious culprit is runway contamination.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:05 pm

It will buff out
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:10 pm

Anyone have a field condition report from PQI?
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:13 pm

32andBelow wrote:
They were crying for jets. Penair never crashed.


Its not like its a short/small runway though... 7,439 x 150
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:14 pm

I think you can go ahead and list this as an accident
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:39 pm

N415XJ wrote:
Ouch. I guess the most obvious culprit is runway contamination.


I thought the obvious culprit was storing the front landing gear in the engine's pocket.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:42 pm

I was going to say this is somewhat typical in a remote airfield with snow/ice, then I saw the pictures and lost that thought. Ouch.
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:11 pm

airtran737 wrote:
Runway conditions 3/3/3


Great point! Marginal, at best. The full NOTAM also indicates 1/4 inch dry snow, so that is something to think on as well.

Me thinks N14171 is probably done. Unless it isn't. We shall see what the insurance says.

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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:13 pm

smokeybandit wrote:
N415XJ wrote:
Ouch. I guess the most obvious culprit is runway contamination.


I thought the obvious culprit was storing the front landing gear in the engine's pocket.


That’s a main gear
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:14 pm

Wow, that landing gear though.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:22 pm

"Rolls-Royce Geared Turbofan?"

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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:32 pm

NYC
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:43 pm

It says "landed and slid off runway." I think they may be leaving a few details out!
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:48 pm

Looks like the engine had a wheely bad day.
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:59 pm

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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:27 pm

http://thecounty.me/2019/03/04/news/pla ... sque-isle/

“the actual ‘landing,’ if you want to call it that, completely missed the runway. The first impact was hard and violent.”


"The plane literally is nowhere near the actual runway,” he said, adding that snowplows had to remove snow so that emergency responders could get to the plane to help the injured passengers.


Per @NWSCaribou the average snow depth in the region is 42".
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:55 pm

Will be interesting to find out if the gear penetrated the cabin and intruded into the (potentially) occupied passenger space. If so, I imagine that the NTSB will be taking a closer look at the gear failure event sequence. Certainly landing gear contain shear pins and have a planned design failure mode(s) in case of vertical or horizontal overload forces...I'm just not sure that was it.

I never like sitting in the last row of rear engine aircraft because of noise and irrational fear of a thrown compressor blade (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Air ... light_1288).... but THAT never crossed my mind!
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:22 pm

It's like when a basketball gets stuck between the hoop and the backboard, only costs quite a lot more.

For real though, how the hell did that gear end up THERE
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:40 pm

Taking a wild guess that maybe the blowing snow made the runway look exactly the same as the surrounding field.

... I'm pretty sick of this winter. Looks like that aircraft is too.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:47 pm

That engine looks ...........tired.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:02 pm

Perhaps the next time airlines cancel or divert flights because of wind/snow combinations someone can link back this thread. Could have been a lot worse.

MastaHanky wrote:
That engine looks ...........tired.


NickolayAv wrote:
Looks like the engine had a wheely bad day.


I'd tread more carefully with the puns if I were y'all.
 
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:04 pm

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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:19 pm

The image with the landing gear cuddled up with the engine needs a clever caption so it can join the ranks of New England winter-themed office humor.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:43 am

Maybe they got PQI confused with the Patchikofo Resort where the Concorde landed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndxx6oaG6XU
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:48 am

You get what you pay for
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:01 am

32andBelow wrote:
Penair never crashed.

You may want to research that statement.
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Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:31 am

EMBQA wrote:
32andBelow wrote:
Penair never crashed.

You may want to research that statement.

They have never had a 121 crash. And certainly never crashed at PQI.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:40 am

OA940 wrote:
It's like when a basketball gets stuck between the hoop and the backboard, only costs quite a lot more.

For real though, how the hell did that gear end up THERE

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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:45 am

Accident not incident.

There is severe damage and injuries.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:59 am

IADCA wrote:
Perhaps the next time airlines cancel or divert flights because of wind/snow combinations someone can link back this thread. Could have been a lot worse.

MastaHanky wrote:
That engine looks ...........tired.


NickolayAv wrote:
Looks like the engine had a wheely bad day.


I'd tread more carefully with the puns if I were y'all.


Why are you upset with the puns? Commutair has run a terribly unreliable operation for years. They are not the cream of the crop and this reinforces that stigma.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:10 am

mcdu wrote:
IADCA wrote:
Perhaps the next time airlines cancel or divert flights because of wind/snow combinations someone can link back this thread. Could have been a lot worse.

MastaHanky wrote:
That engine looks ...........tired.


NickolayAv wrote:
Looks like the engine had a wheely bad day.


I'd tread more carefully with the puns if I were y'all.


Why are you upset with the puns? Commutair has run a terribly unreliable operation for years. They are not the cream of the crop and this reinforces that stigma.


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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:13 am

mcdu wrote:
IADCA wrote:
Perhaps the next time airlines cancel or divert flights because of wind/snow combinations someone can link back this thread. Could have been a lot worse.

MastaHanky wrote:
That engine looks ...........tired.


NickolayAv wrote:
Looks like the engine had a wheely bad day.


I'd tread more carefully with the puns if I were y'all.


Why are you upset with the puns? Commutair has run a terribly unreliable operation for years. They are not the cream of the crop and this reinforces that stigma.

Or, maybe he just said "treat [...] carefully" as a tire has treads??? So, "tired", "wheely", "tread"; all related to the thingy that ended up by the engine.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:47 am

$5 says it’ll be wearing Contour colors in a month.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:21 pm

WayexTDI wrote:
mcdu wrote:
IADCA wrote:
Perhaps the next time airlines cancel or divert flights because of wind/snow combinations someone can link back this thread. Could have been a lot worse.





I'd tread more carefully with the puns if I were y'all.


Why are you upset with the puns? Commutair has run a terribly unreliable operation for years. They are not the cream of the crop and this reinforces that stigma.

Or, maybe he just said "treat [...] carefully" as a tire has treads??? So, "tired", "wheely", "tread"; all related to the thingy that ended up by the engine.


This is correct. "Tread" was very much an intentional pun.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 2:58 pm

RL757PVD wrote:
32andBelow wrote:
They were crying for jets. Penair never crashed.


Its not like its a short/small runway though... 7,439 x 150


Longer than LaGuardia.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident today at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:44 pm

CLTRampRat wrote:
$5 says it’ll be wearing Contour colors in a month.


The frame in question is an XR. Contour wouldn't want 1 oddball XR in their fleet.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident 3/4 at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:02 pm

I wonder if this airplane is a write off?
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident 3/4 at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:16 pm

Please keep this thread on topic, and don't bring other airlines that have nothing to do with this incident into the equation. Thank you!
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident 3/4 at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:20 pm

I would call this a crash. And although there are some really good jokes waiting to be told, please bite your lip until we know the extent of the injuries. I hope not, but injuries could be life threatening or life changing, especially if the front landing gear compromised the cockpit.

I am a United fan, obviously, but BOTH Commutair and United have their names on this accident, period.
 
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Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:22 pm

United787 wrote:
I would call this a crash. And although there are some really good jokes waiting to be told, please bite your lip until we know the extent of the injuries. I hope not, but injuries could be life threatening or life changing, especially if the front landing gear compromised the cockpit.

I am a United fan, obviously, but BOTH Commutair and United have their names on this accident, period.


I read on another site that there were three injured, one crew, two passengers, all described as 'minor'.
 
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Re: United Express/Commutair incident 3/4 at Presque Isle, ME

Tue Mar 05, 2019 4:41 pm

mga707 wrote:
United787 wrote:
I would call this a crash. And although there are some really good jokes waiting to be told, please bite your lip until we know the extent of the injuries. I hope not, but injuries could be life threatening or life changing, especially if the front landing gear compromised the cockpit.

I am a United fan, obviously, but BOTH Commutair and United have their names on this accident, period.


I read on another site that there were three injured, one crew, two passengers, all described as 'minor'.


All were released from the hospital yesterday afternoon.

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