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FedEx jet skids off the runway at a Tennessee airport after landing gear failure

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A plane operated by FedEx skidded off the end of a runway at an airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after reporting a landing gear failure, emergency officials said. Three people were aboard the Boeing 757 aircraft, which came to a stop between the runway and a nearby road late Wednesday, the Chattanooga Fire Department said (www.cnn.com) More...

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sparkie624
sparkie624 6
Having experience working on Boeing A/C Gear, the Emergency Extension is manual and considered as impossible to fail, but here we have a 757 that could not get not one of the Gear down for the landing... It will be interesting to see what the NTSB has to say about it... I am also very surprised that they did not simply just return to KMEM (their home base) which is less than 250 miles away (less than an hour)! There should have been more than enough fuel in reserve to get that diversion taken care of and for KMEM to prepare for them.
ridersofthestorm
Im interested in what the NTSB will say in their report too.
In the recording of the radio communications with the accident aircraft & ATC, they shutdown the airport after the landing. It's possible they had enough foresight to decide to not return to KMEM, to then shut down their main hub.
It was interesting to hear ATC reclassify the airspace from C to E almost immediately after the emergency landing.
Bayouflier
Bayouflier 2
Memphis is big. A crash landing on 36L would have little effect on operations elsewhere.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Agreed... I have worked the Flight line there... they would have had plenty of room.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Follow Up... In KMEM with 3 parallel runways in the same direction, using 18R or 36L, that runway would have been well out of the way of the other 2 runways and would have had a minimal effect... Further more, this plane went off into the grass... They could still use the affected runway with minimal downtime of the runway.
lcire1
Eric Rindal 4
They may have had additional issues besides the gear? Forget the repair-ability consideration when your primary issue should be safety of the crew and folk on the ground.

This happened soon after departure. If just the gear, they would not have known until they were about to land at their destination.
Bayouflier
Bayouflier 1
Maybe they couldn't get the gear up. It happens.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
They had to be able to get the gear up... You can't extend what is already extended...If it happened in Memphis to where they could not get the gear up or back down, it would have been crazy for them to go to the next station... They have major maintenance in MEM, they have no real maintenance in CVG! as a matter of fact, CVG (I believe) is a fair amount smaller than Memphis.
nasdisco
Chris B 2
Got to question why this has so many negative ratings.....

Only sad part is that this means one less 757.....
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
" one less 757." - I disagree... I imagine that they will be able to repair it... From the articles that I have seen with Video, it will probably need engines over hauled, New Cowling and a lot of sheet metal work... Back in the Day, Boeing 737-200 had a anti skid failure in KGSO, off the end of the runway, Gear Sheared off. Belly slide.. Boeing team came out to rebuild it. Took 9 to 12 Months, but was returned to service and flew for several more decades... I have seen worse than this 757 with the landing Gear failure and still be repaired... It will take a few months and a log of dough, but I do not see this as a total.
lcire1
Eric Rindal 1
Maybe it will fly again?

Crew did an excellent job of setting it down and maintaining directional control. Nothing seemed to be hit that would generate structural issues. My understanding is the engines are designed to take the hit from a gear up, and those can be changed out almost overnight.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Going to minorly disagree... "Nothing seemed to be hit that would generate structural issues. " The Center aft of the gear Keel Beam and stringers on that plane took a Beating when it slid down the pavement.. To think they can replace the skin and go is straight imagination... I am sure there is stringer damage and much will need to be replaced, and will probably require the airframe to be realigned, but I think is 100% doable.. Will just be very time consuming and the plane will probably gain some aft weight, exactly where you do not want it.
spinoneone
Paul Wisgerhof 1
Well, no harm, no foul I guess. I wonder how long it will take to clear the aircraft from its resting place and reopen the airport.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
That is going to be the Fun Part! to pick up a 757 is not an easy task... You just cannot lift it up and place it on the back of flat Bed Truck or even Flat Bed tractor Trailer, and the wings are not the shortest in the industry as well. I can see Multiple Cranes working on this one.
lcire1
Eric Rindal 1
Giant airbags under the wings. fill them with air, drop the gear and it is mobile. I doubt there will be that much damage other than to engines and tail strike skid?

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