AP wrote: A JetBlue airliner with faulty landing gear was headed for an emergency landing Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after its front wheels were turned sideways and unable to retract into the plane following takeoff from a nearby airport.
The plane carrying 139 passengers left Bob Hope Airport in Burbank at 3:17 p.m. for New York's JFK airport, said JetBlue spokesman Bryan Baldwin.
JetBlue flight 292 first circled the Long Beach Airport, about 30 miles south of Burbank, and then was cleared to land at Los Angeles International Airport. In between, the Airbus A320 dumped fuel over the Pacific, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Donn Walker.
People were gathered on buildings near the 105 Freeway watching the situation unfold.
Earlier at Long Beach Airport, six ambulances lined a runway, along with a handful of police cars and two fire engines. Planes continued to take off and land while the emergency vehicles remained parked at the runway's edge with their lights flashing.
TV images showed the nose wheel turned perpendicular. Its back landing gear was also down but appeared to be in the correct position.
"After leaving Burbank, pilots reported a landing gear indication light on, meaning there may be a problem or issue with the landing gear," Baldwin said.
The crew then decided to return to an airport to attempt to land, he said. The pilots were "able to determine the problem with assistance from air traffic control."
Walker said dumping fuel would help the plane land.
"They can't be that heavy," Walker said.
Elliot Brann, the National Air Traffic Controllers safety representative for the LAX control tower, said pilots have landed and keep the nose gear up until the plane is at a very slow speed before easing it down, minimizing danger to passenger and damage to plane
I just saw it on the news before. That's some crazy good pilot right there to be able to land that. Real smart that he thought to drain the gas before landing, good call and nice execution. Seems like everyone's allright.
MMoNeY24 wrote:I just saw it on the news before. That's some crazy good pilot right there to be able to land that. Real smart that he thought to drain the gas before landing, good call and nice execution. Seems like everyone's allright.
24 August 2001; Air Transat A330-200; near the Azores Islands, Portugal: The aircraft was cruising across the Atlantic at 39,000 feet (11,900 meters) on a flight from Toronto to Lisbon when the right engine lost power. The left engine quit about 13 minutes later. Both engines lost power as a result of fuel starvation. There had been a leak in the fuel system near the right engine, and an open crossfeed valve allowed fuel to be lost from both wing tanks. The leak had been noticed by the crew about an hour prior to the engines shutting down, and the aircraft was already diverting toward Lajes military airfield in the Azores. After the last engine lost power, the crew was able to glide for 20 minutes for about 115 miles (185 km) to Lajes airfield and avert a mid-ocean ditching.
Although the landing gear was damaged during the high speed landing, the crew was able to stop the aircraft on the runway. All 13 crew members and 291 passengers survived, though some occupants were injured during a emergency evacuation. Transport Canada later fined the airline C$250,000 (about US$165,000) for maintenance infractions relating to an improper installation of a hydraulic pump on an engine of the incident aircraft.
That's a good pilot!!
Going to huge someday.