FedEx Boeing 767-300SF Makes Emergency Landing Without Front Wheels In Istanbul

by Anthony Losanno
FedEx Nose

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A Federal Express (FedEx) Boeing 767-300SF was forced to make an emergency landing at Istanbul Airport (IST) this morning without the use of its front landing gear. The plane was en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) when it notified air traffic control that its front landing gear (the front wheels of the plane) failed to open.

Dramatic video shows the aircraft land and then drag the front across the runway. As it scrapes across the pavement, sparks and smoke are seen flying. The pilots managed to keep it on the runway and luckily there were no injuries reported.

This latest incident is the last thing that beleaguered aircraft manufacturer needs right now. After Alaska Airlines flight AS 1282 (more here), a slew of other incidents popped up on United Airlines aircraft, which has led to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launching an investigation and preventing United from launching new routes and aircraft.

Anthony’s Take: Another day, another incident. Boeing is going through some stuff and as more comes to light it’s not looking great. It’s a bit concerning between the issues with Alaska and United aircraft, the deaths of two whistleblowers, and the continued reports of manufacturing issues.

(Featured Image Credit: @MikeSington via X.)

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Christian May 8, 2024 - 2:32 pm

I’m not so sure that this one can be laid at the feet of Boeing, unlike so very many other problems.

I’m highly impressed with the skill the pilot shows in keeping on the runway but a couple of things puzzle me: Why not land at the old Ataturk airport which is presumably much less used these days so any damage to the runway would not be as harmful to other flights? Also, is it not still S.O.P. to foam down the runway when you know that an airplane’s fuselage is going to scrape that runway?

GarySTL May 8, 2024 - 3:02 pm

Considering the age of this aircraft, unless it was a recent freighter conversion performed by Boeing, this is almost surely not a defect in manufacturing material or workmanship.


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