Aviation Photo #0907988 Boeing 747-422 - United Airlines

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Roughly six hours after the incident, and another six to go before righting. Rumor has it this was the result of an hydraulic system check and that pins had not been installed in the gear.
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    Alex Esguerra
    United Airlines
    Boeing 747-422
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing 747-400 (AL-1)
    Boeing
    28715
    1120
    N196UA
    San Francisco - International
    California
    USA
    August 16, 2005
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Comments (59)

Anonymous
14 years ago
You dont see this everyday!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Man, they already scratched the new paint.
Anonymous
14 years ago
F/O: "V1"
Captain: "Rotate!"
Anonymous
14 years ago
That's gotta suck.
Anonymous
14 years ago
A very unusual picture.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Something different and odd. Kinda nice rather then the SAME OLD every day shots.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Wow too bad it was on a newly painted plane. Kind of funny pic though.
Anonymous
14 years ago
It is an interesting shot ... I just wonder how long it will take before this 744 is back in service ... it is a shame to lose a new c/s plane.
Anonymous
14 years ago
They try to do a vertical take off???
Anonymous
14 years ago
Very nice this picture
Anonymous
14 years ago
This picture is very nice
Anonymous
14 years ago
Picture quality and framing
Anonymous
14 years ago
Cool photo mate. But boy ,someones in trouble!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Mmm...what does this button do?
Oh, oooh!
Very funny photo: shame about the cost.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Nice!
Anonymous
14 years ago
I love that picture. :-)))))
Anonymous
14 years ago
Really good...although it is quite surprising from U N I T E D...... I've flown with them 6 times and that seems quite scary!!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Good photo
Anonymous
14 years ago
Its the best picture i ever have seen
Anonymous
14 years ago
Fabulous!
Anonymous
14 years ago
It's just brilliant, the way that the plane has tipped onto its backside is just amazing. The pilots must be complete idiots. AMAZING!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Nice
Anonymous
14 years ago
This gives new meaning to the phrase "airing dirty laundry!"
Anonymous
14 years ago
That's great!!!!!!pay attention on its wheels,what a huge pressure is on it...
Anonymous
14 years ago
That is one of the greatest pictures I have ever seen
Anonymous
14 years ago
This would be why they don't say, "All of the exits are at the back of the aircraft!"
Anonymous
14 years ago
Cool where there any people in there?
Anonymous
14 years ago
Uh..guys..i think we better put some of those bags in the front.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Greatest picture
Anonymous
14 years ago
Really nice photo, There must be a guy feeling pretty desperate
Anonymous
14 years ago
Quirky. How often do you get to see a significant moment in history where a Jumbo is parked on its fat bum?!?
Anonymous
14 years ago
Poor mechs!!! LOL
Anonymous
14 years ago
Its a shot in a million;dont think we will see this again in a hurry.they should have put the roof rack further forward to balance the plane
Anonymous
14 years ago
Good quality
Anonymous
14 years ago
Dumb hosties, how many times have I told them to load the front end first ?
Anonymous
14 years ago
Very interesting
Anonymous
14 years ago
Good shot
Anonymous
14 years ago
How often do you get to see a 747 like this? Amazing!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Poor United. You could have said this is taken just before take-off! ;o) I didn't know 747 has the same problem of heavy back as IL-18. When windy, it needs to be supported by small pole with tiny wheels.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Clear picture!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Very clear shot!
just fantastic man!
Anonymous
14 years ago
You dont see things like this happening to this airline
Anonymous
14 years ago
Vr=0! Awesome!
Anonymous
14 years ago
I think in the old trim you would not take much notice. but in the new trim it stands out like a sore toe.it is a very good photo.
Anonymous
13 years ago
I was walking along, singing a song.... what tha heck?? Okay, who forgot to pin the gear??
Anonymous
13 years ago
Oh no not this beauty... Very hard to see this 747-422 this way. (Beautiful new paintsheme of united):d
Anonymous
13 years ago
Very Clear shots. It is very sad to see this what happen to this aircraft.Beautiful colors.
Anonymous
13 years ago
Funniest photo ever
Anonymous
13 years ago
A lesson to be learned here, Always assign the seats in the front of the airplane first, then work your way to the back. :-)

Anonymous
13 years ago
Looks to me like someone didn't know to start loading from the front. That's what happens when the CG moves to far aft.... btw... gear looks fine...
Anonymous
13 years ago
Not again!!!! This always happens. Someone didn't fix the gear right. How could someone be stupid enough to leave the pins out, come on. Great photo by the way.
Anonymous
13 years ago
OOOO...somebody is gonna get definitely fired for this.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Boeing screw up, 30 years in the making. The body gear on all 747 aircraft swing forward and up. There is a drag link that is pinned to stop this type of thing from happening. There is an inspection/drain hole that goes through the link and it just happens to be the same diameter as the hole used to pin the gear. Late night and lack of prior experience played a part here. This is not the first time in history that this has happened its been an issue for 30 years. The fix? They now fill the hole with sealant to make it smaller than the pin diameter. There are no stupid people, just people like you and me and circumstance......... Never let you guard down around aircraft. Luckily noone was injured.

Anonymous
12 years ago
Great pic but just fyi this isnt a landing gear issue, the main gear look fine, hints the nose gear being off the ground, but it looks like the ramp crew didn't follow tail tipping guidelines and pushed the cg to far aft!!! oops!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Teacher: Well children, what have we learned from our field trip to SFO?
Kids: Never put really fat in the back of a 747!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
She's really eager to get up in the air.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Only visitor "November 04, 2006" is correct. The gear was pinned but the pin was put in the wrong hole. Having that extra hole so close to the safety-pin hole, was an accident waiting to happen. It was a set-up that one could argue was overlooked in the design. It could happen to almost anyone, and this incident MIGHT have been the result of all of the mechanic furloughs taking place at United. What he said is correct, be careful out there. Every aircraft has it's own hidden dangers. Airliner design is maximized for cruise flight at altitude. Everything else if a relatively un-natural mode. This great shot, with the correct information, illustrates that perfectly.
Anonymous
10 years ago
And why does everyone seem to always want to blame the pilots!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
If that was N196UA, I have that plane on my flight simulator, I also have that plane toy!

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