Event Details

Title:Landing with gear-up, Eastern Airlines, Boeing 727-25, N8140N, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York, April 8, 1981
Micro summary:This Boeing 727-25 intentionally landed with gear up following an inability to confirm gear down and locked.
Event Time:1981-04-08 at 2003 EST
File Name:1981-04-08-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-81-14
Site of event:JK runway 22R
Departure:New Orleans International Airport (Moisant Field), Kenner, Louisiana, USA
Destination:John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 727-25
Flight Phase:Landing
Operator(s):Eastern Air Lines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:About 2003 EST on April 8, 1981, Eastern Airlines Flight 60 Boeing 727-25, N8140N, made an intentional gears-up landing on runway 22R at John F. Kennedy International Airport following an uneventful flight from New Orleans, Louisiana. All 67 passengers and 6 crewmembers evacuated the aircraft safely using emergency procedures. There were no injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the incident was the failure of the left main landing gear downlock switch which prevented a positive indication that the left main gear was down and locked, and the flightcrew's conviction that the left main gear could not be extended. Contributing to the incident was the inability of the second officer to observe clearly and interpret the left gear position indicator alignment through the viewing port.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Evacuation
Systems - Landing Gear
Systems - Landing Gear - Gear-up Landing
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