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Published on : Monday, October 17, 2016
A packed British Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport after its landing gear failed to work. The emergency happened on January 30 2016 but details of the terrifying ordeal were released today. The Boeing was making its first flight since maintenance on January 24th.
More than 300 passengers were on-board the BA flight from Heathrow to Chicago O’Hare when the landing gear on both wings failed mid-air after the lever to deploy the gear got stuck in the “up position”.
The Boeing 747’s landing gear on both wings failed and passengers were warned “not to rock the plane” when getting off as it could have overturned.
The 293 passengers on board were asked to leave the holiday jet destined for Chicago “very slowly” in case it toppled over on the runway following the mid-air emergency.
An Air Accidents Investigation report, said the terrifying incident was due to a mechanical error after the plane’s latest service.
On approaching the London airport the pilots reported an unsafe gear indication for both main gear and only the nose and body wheels descended.
The plane circled to dump fuel before landing on only the nose and body wheels 20 minutes later but was forced to travel the whole length of the runway when it landed because braking power was halved.
The runway was closed for an hour after the incident, which left 293 passengers waiting another nine hours for a replacement jet.