Preliminary Report: Dash 8 lands gear up

 - December 31, 2008, 7:12 AM

Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8, Philadelphia, Nov. 16, 2008–The nosegear of the Piedmont Dash 8 failed to extend on approach to Philadelphia International Airport and the crew made a go-around to try to get it down. Unable to correct the problem by performing the alternate landing gear extension procedure, the crew landed on the main gear and attempted to delay the nose from touching down until the slowest speed possible. An FAA inspector found the nose gear canted at an angle, wedging it in the nosewheel well. Using a pry bar, he was able to move the nosewheel to a normal position and it extended freely and locked down. The flight crew and 35 passengers were uninjured.