Boeing cargo plane lands in Istanbul without front landing gear

Reuters

Summary Companies FedEx Boeing 767 lands without front landing gear Pilot and crew evacuated, no casualties reported Boeing facing mounting pressure amid 737 MAX crisis Turkish authorities investigating the incident ISTANBUL, May 8 (Reuters) – A FedEx Airlines Boeing 767 (BA.N)New Tab, opens new tab cargo plane landed at Istanbul Airport on Wednesday without its front landing gear, a Turkish Transport Ministry official said, adding there were no casualties and authorities had launched an investigation.
The aircraft, flying from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, informed the control tower in Istanbul that its landing gear had failed to open and touched down with guidance from the tower, managing to remain on the runway, a ministry statement said.
Airport rescue and fire fighting teams were scrambled before landing, but no one was injured.
The aircraft involved is a nearly 10-year-old Boeing 767 freighter, one of the most common cargo planes and based on the 767 passenger model dating back to the 1980s.
Boeing referred queries to FedEX, which said in a statement it was coordinating with investigation authorities and would “provide additional information as it is available”.
In June last year, a small 22-year-old Boeing 717 flown by Delta Airlines made a similar smooth landing without a nose gear in Charlotte, North Carolina, in an incident later blamed on a fractured component.
The runway was temporarily closed to air traffic, but other runways at Istanbul airport were still operating normally, the airport operator IGA said.
Reporting by Huseyin Hayatsever; additional reporting by Tim Hepher, Shivansh Tiwary and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler, Philippa Fletcher, Louise Heavens, Kevin Liffey, Alexandra Hudson

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No front landing gear is used when the FedEx Boeing 767 lands.

None of the crew or pilot were injured; they were evacuated.

737 MAX crisis is putting increasing pressure on Boeing.

Turkish officials are looking into the incident.

May 8, 2014 (Reuters) – A Boeing 767 (BA) operated by FedEx Airlines. N)New Tab, opens new tab cargo plane without its front landing gear on Wednesday at Istanbul Airport, an official from the Turkish Transport Ministry stated, adding that no one was hurt and that an investigation had been started by the authorities.

The aircraft, which was taking off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, reported to the control tower in Istanbul that its landing gear had broken and, following the tower’s instructions, touched down, staying on the runway, according to a ministry statement.

Before landing, airport rescue and fire fighting teams were called in, but no one was hurt. The failure was not explained by the ministry.

Based on the 1980s-vintage 767 passenger model, the aircraft in question is a nearly ten-year-old Boeing 767 freighter, one of the most popular cargo aircraft.

A representative from Turkey’s ministry of transportation stated that their teams were examining the scene as part of the ongoing investigation, but they would not elaborate.

Boeing forwarded questions to FedEX, which issued a statement stating that it was working with the authorities conducting the investigation and would “provide additional information as it becomes available.”.

When the front of the aircraft scraped along the runway and finally came to a stop and was doused with firefighting foam, video footage that Reuters was able to obtain showed sparks flying and some smoke. It did not appear that a fire had started.

According to the SKYbrary aviation database, the pilots apparently performed the emergency landing drill in which they train for a nose gear retractor by holding the plane’s nose above the runway for a few seconds after the main wheels touched down.

Similar, hassle-free landing without a nose gear occurred in June of last year in Charlotte, North Carolina, on a small, 22-year-old Boeing 717 operated by Delta Airlines; the incident was later attributed to a fragmented component.

Although the runway at Istanbul Airport was temporarily closed to aircraft, the airport operator IGA reported that other runways were still in use.

After a jet enters service, manufacturers are normally not involved in its operation or maintenance, but Boeing has been under regulatory and media scrutiny due to a number of incidents on its smaller 737.

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Additional reporting was done by Tim Hepher, Shivansh Tiwary, and Tuvan Gumrukcu. Daren Butler, Philippa Fletcher, Louise Heavens, Kevin Liffey, and Alexandra Hudson edited the story. Huseyin Hayatsever was the reporter.

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