At the conclusion of an uneventful Part 121 flight from San Francisco to Ontario, the crew attempted to lower the landing gear. Only the main gear extended and the crew used emergency procedures in an unsuccessful attempt to extend the nosegear. Following an aborted landing, a low-level flyby past the tower confirmed that the nosegear doors were open but the nosegear was still in its retracted position.
Dassault received EASA and the FAA approval for the autobrake feature on the Falcon 2000EX series, which includes the 2000EX, 2000EX EASy, 2000DX and 2000LX. Designed for short runways, the feature adds greater safety margins by reducing landing distances by as much as 150 feet on normal approaches and 300 feet on steep approaches.
Socata TBM700, Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2010–After approaching the destination airport near dusk in deteriorating weather, the pilot forgot to lower the landing gear before landing, causing substantial damage to the aircraft’s fuselage skin, stringers and wing attachment fittings.
Dassault is about to receive certification for a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut Falcon 2000-series landing distances, chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN last month. The technique will reduce landing distances by approximately 150 feet, thus helping the 2000DX/EX/LX meet London City Airport requirements.
Cessna Citation 560XL, White Plains, N.Y., April 15, 2008–The Board was unable to determine the cause of the uncommanded landing gear retraction that occurred just after the NetJets-operated Citation Excel touched down at Westchester County Airport. Extensive testing of the airplane’s hydraulic and electrical systems supervised by the NTSB and the FAA failed to reveal any malfunctions that would have caused the gear retraction.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 10, 2009–N411BL was substantially damaged at the end of a Part 135 night flight when it made an emergency gear-up landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The ATP-rated pilot told the NTSB that he attempted to lower the landing gear while on final approach and received no response.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 4, 2010–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. After touchdown, the turboprop twin made an abrupt left turn, which the pilot attempted to counter. The airplane then departed the runway and shed its right main landing gear before coming to a stop.
Dassault is about to receive certification of a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut Falcon 2000 series landing distances, chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN here at EBACE 2010. The result is a landing distance approximately 150 feet shorter. The new system will help the aircraft (in its DX, EX and LX versions) meet London City airport requirements.
Cessna 550 Citation II, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 29, 2009–During landing roll at Salt Lake City International Airport at the end of a Part 91 flight, N44FR skidded off the runway when the right main landing gear retracted, causing substantial damage to the aircraft but no injuries to the three people on board.
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed fining Dallas-based American Eagle Airlines for alleged safety violations. The most recent case involves what the FAA called improper repairs on landing gear doors on four Bombardier CRJ700 jets. The agency has proposed a $2.9 million civil penalty for the alleged violations.