Saturday, February 27, 2016

✈ Boeing 727 Lands Without Landing Gear at Guam’s International Airport Friday ✈

An Boeing 727 Asia Pacific Airlines cargo plane landed at Guam’s international airport Friday without a functioning front landing gear. Video courtesy of Ronald Roberts, United Airlines.

Boeing 727 Crash Landing Feb 26 2016 - Picture by Mark Scott
Three crew members on board, and no one was injured, according to airport spokeswoman Rolenda Faasuamalie.

No fire or smoke was reported. The aircraft took off from A.B. Won Pat International Airport at 1:08 p.m. on a “training flight"

It was scheduled to return to the island at 3:15 p.m. At around 2:55 p.m., the airport control tower received an alert that there was a situation on board that “may affect safe landing"

The plane released fuel to become lighter. The video also shows how the crew performed a touch-and-go maneuver, which means the aircraft practiced a landing before making the actual attempt.The pilots performed the touch and go maneuver excellent and went on to circle the airport to make final preparations.

The aircraft spent extra time in the air to expend as much fuel as possible to prevent any possible damage to the aircraft body done by the "crash landing" from igniting the left over fuel in it's tanks.

The crew on board then called the final approach at 4:15 p.m., and the plane landed at 4:16 p.m.



Video taken by United Airlines Ronald Roberts Friday Feb. 26.

The incident did not impact airport operations, Faasuamalie said.

At the scene, the airplane’s nose could be seen tilted low to the ground. Other aircraft continued to land at the airport after the cargo plane touched down.

Airport rescue and firefighting units, the Guam Police Department, and the Guam Fire Department responded to the incident. Airport police controlled traffic around the airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration aircraft registry, the plane was a Boeing 727 turbo-jet engine aircraft.

Pictures taken by Mark Scott and Video taken by United Airlines Ronald Roberts Friday Feb. 26.


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