Two partial gear-up landings by Bombardier regional jets in three days in late September prompted the NTSB to investigate a possible connection between the incidents and other CRJ landing-gear failures over the past two years.
Yet another Bombardier CRJ landed with one side of its main landing gear retracted yesterday. The SkyWest CRJ200, operating in partnership with AirTran as Flight 3074 from Omaha, Neb., made an emergency landing at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport at about 5:10 p.m. local time with only its right main and nose gear extended. All 36 passengers and three crewmembers deplaned safely through the main cabin door.
Dassault Falcon 20C, Eagle, Colo., Jan. 8, 2010–The Board ruled that the aborted takeoff accident was caused by the flight crew's improper preflight inspection and failure to remove the main landing gear chock, resulting in damage to and subsequent failure of the main landing gear tire during the takeoff roll. The Mexican-registered twinjet was substantially damaged in the crash.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900D, Denver, Colo., June 12, 2010–After landing at Denver International Airport, the turboprop twin was substantially damaged when its left main landing gear partially collapsed. The airplane was returning to the airport after the crew heard a loud bang as they retracted the gear on takeoff for the flight to Cheyenne, Wyo.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 4, 2010–The Board identified the pilot’s loss of directional control while landing on an icy runway as the cause of the MU-2’s runway excursion. The Part 135 flight was landing in night visual conditions at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, when the pilot was informed that the runway was covered in snow and ice.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Fort Worth, Texas, June 3, 2010–The King Air, owned and operated by the FAA, was substantially damaged when the nose landing gear collapsed on landing at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. While cycling the gear during an inspector currency flight, the crew reported hearing a loud bang and observed a “gear unsafe” indication.
Dassault Falcon 10, Minneapolis, May 28, 2010–The twinjet made a safe emergency landing after losing its nosewheel on takeoff from Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minn. The pilots immediately felt something was amiss and flew by the tower, which confirmed the damage to the landing gear.
The Mexican-registered twinjet was substantially damaged when it departed the runway on takeoff from Eagle County Regional Airport en route to Chihuahua, Mexico. The airport manager told investigators that the jet’s left main landing gear tire “blew” during the departure roll, and the captain was unable to stop the airplane in the remaining distance.
The pilot told investigators that after takeoff he experienced a primary trim failure but continued to his destination airport using secondary trim. During final approach in clear daylight conditions, the pilot reported difficulty locating traffic and noticed his airspeed was too high to lower the landing gear. After spotting the preceding aircraft on short final, he “continued working the trim” using toggle switches on the center pedestal.
The pilot’s failure to follow the proper manual landing-gear extension procedure caused the gear-up landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the King Air, according to the NTSB. The ATP-rated pilot told investigators that he attempted