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Piedmont DHC-8 safely lands gear up in EWR.

mtsupilot376

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Accident: Piedmont DH8A at Newark on May 18th 2013, intentional belly landing

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, May 18th 2013 13:07Z, last updated Saturday, May 18th 2013 14:23Z

A Piedmont Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-100 on behalf of US Airways, registration N934HA performing flight US-4560 (dep May 17th) from Philadelphia,PA to Newark,NJ (USA) with 31 people and 3 crew, was on approach to Newark when the crew reported they had a left hand main gear unsafe indication and requested a low approach to have the gear inspected from the ground. The aircraft was cleared for a low approach to runway 04L, offset left of the runway, tower asked the landing lights to be turned off to get a better sight of the aircraft. Tower subsequently reported the left hand main gear appeared only half way out of the wheel well. The aircraft climbed back to 3000 feet and entered a holding west of the aerodrome for about 90 minutes to work the checklists and burn off fuel. The aircraft positioned for an approach to runway 04L and landed with all gear up. The aircraft slid on its belly to a safe stop on the runway, the occupants evacuated through the left hand main door. No injuries occurred.

The airport was closed temporarily following the landing.

US Airways reported the aircraft landed with its landing gear retracted after a gear indication could not be resolved following multiple attempts to lower the gear. The aircraft landed safely on its belly, no injuries occurred. The passengers were evacuated and bussed to the terminal.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/PDT4560/history/20130518/0254Z/KPHL/KEWR

Metars:
EWR 180651Z 26003KT 10SM FEW150 BKN230 16/07 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP229 T01610072
KEWR 180551Z 00000KT 10SM FEW150 BKN250 16/07 A3020 RMK AO2 SLP226 T01560067 10228 20144 50005
KEWR 180521Z 23004KT 10SM FEW150 BKN250 16/07 A3021 RMK AO2
KEWR 180451Z 19003KT 10SM FEW150 SCT250 16/07 A3020 RMK AO2 SLP227 T01610072 402390156
KEWR 180351Z 14003KT 10SM FEW150 BKN250 18/06 A3020 RMK AO2 SLP226 T01780061
KEWR 180251Z 07003KT 10SM FEW200 SCT250 19/05 A3019 RMK AO2 SLP221 T01940050 51024
KEWR 180151Z 06008KT 10SM FEW200 SCT250 20/06 A3017 RMK AO2 SLP217 T02000056
KEWR 180051Z 05004KT 10SM FEW200 BKN260 20/06 A3014 RMK AO2 SLP207 T02000056

Source:The Aviation Herald
http://avherald.com/h?article=46273d9a&opt=0

Additional Links (with photos):
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/18/us-usa-plane-landing-idUSBRE94H0AT20130518

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/18/18340087-plane-makes-belly-landing-at-newark-airport-no-injuries-reported

***Best headline so far***
Terrified passengers escape alive as US Airways flight makes belly landing at Newark airport after landing gear failed
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2326538/Terrified-passengers-escape-alive-US-Airways-flight-makes-belly-landing-Newark-airport-landing-gear-failed.html
 

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Let's all pose for the camera while were at it...

Why would anyone ever pose for a photo after an incident like that?

Nice going Captain. Never ever pose for a photo. Totally stupid.

But what do I know...
 
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mtsupilot376

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It's not wreckage. They'll probably lift it up, drop the gear, pin it up, drag it back to the gate, MEL the gear and everything else missing from the bottom of the fuselage, clean it, cater it, crew it, and send it off to Allentown for a round trip or five.

That's business as usual.
 

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That's what they did with the one that landed nosegear up a few years ago. Flew it out later that day.
 

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Um, why would they do a flyby when the FA could have looked out the window to see if the gear was down?
 

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Why would anyone ever pose for a photo after an incident like that?

Nice going Captain. Never ever pose for a photo. Totally stupid.

But what do I know...
Now let's bash the FO:

1. 30 pounds overweight
2. Forgot sunglasses perched on top of head
3. Ruining Leatherette shoes standing in aqueous film-forming foam
4. Hands in pockets indicating dissatisfaction with self body image
5. Bad day to forget pressing shirt, but to hell with it!:
6. 'I really hope I'm on CNN tomorrow morning...'
 

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Now let's bash the FO:

1. 30 pounds overweight
2. Forgot sunglasses perched on top of head
3. Ruining Leatherette shoes standing in aqueous film-forming foam
4. Hands in pockets indicating dissatisfaction with self body image
5. Bad day to forget pressing shirt, but to hell with it!:
6. 'I really hope I'm on CNN tomorrow morning...'
Do you know him? Or do you just like to make fun of other people for no reason?
 

Oakum_Boy

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If you're gonna pose in front of a plane you just scraped in....

1. Make sure the investigation is complete and neither comapny norfeds find anything

2. Make sure I'm not violating company media policy and have permission

3. Make sure passengers are safely back in terminal before posing in a sea of foam with the tail number prominently front and center

4. Make sure photographer not planning on selling to The Daily Mail

Last thig on my mind would be to stand in a gulf of foam and say cheese after something like this. Just sayin'
 

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what?
You think maybe he was caught up in the moment of pure joy that he and all others were not a smoking hole in the ground?
 

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That was probably the smoothest landing he ever had in the Dash, hence the photo op afterwards.
 

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IS PDT having any legal problems with their ground instructors?
 
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Um, why would they do a flyby when the FA could have looked out the window to see if the gear was down?
I landed just ahead of their fly by. We heard them on the radio and they said that they could see the problem out of the window. We were wondering the same thing at the time
 
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