November 23, 2005


AirplaneMovieOttoPilotInflatable.jpg My friend and former colleague Eliot Kleinberg, who has more than a passing appreciation of Weird Florida, sends along this astonishing e-mail:

Subject: From our friends at the National Transportation Safety Board:

How'd you like to have been a passenger on this puppy. "Hey pilot! This is the tower. You forgot to lower your gear!" Whoops.

NTSB Identification: DCA06WA006

Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of USAirways, Inc.

Incident occurred: Sunday, November 06, 2005 in London, United Kingdom

Aircraft: Boeing 767-200,

Registration: N653US

Injuries: Unavailable

On November 6, 2005, at 0745 local British time, the flight crew of a USAirways Boeing 767-200, registered in the United States as N653US, failed to lower the landing gear until notified by the air traffic control tower to go around. The tower controller then observed the gear extend and amended his instructions to allow the aircraft to land. This is being investigated by the British Air Accidents Investigation branch as a serious incident.

Uh, ya think?

Posted by Jeff at November 23, 2005 08:37 AM

Stupid impatient Brits. You can't land a 767 "gear up" without screeching alarms going off in the cockpit.

I suspect the pilot would've put down the gear when he was damn well ready to.

Posted by: Mike at November 23, 2005 11:24 AM

I prefer my pilots to not deploy Fred Flintstone-like stopping techniques.

Posted by: Rev. Joe at November 23, 2005 11:51 AM
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