FL - Delta flight lands in Daytona safe after reported landing gear problems

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Wednesday, April 04, 2001

Delta flight lands in Daytona safe after reported landing gear problems Staff report

DAYTONA BEACH -- Passengers on board a Boeing 727 experienced a few shaky moments when the Delta Air Lines jet reportedly had problems with its landing gear Tuesday night at Daytona Beach International Airport.

No injuries were reported, said Daytona Beach Fire Lt. Gene Stone.

After being examined by officials, the aircraft was allowed to taxi to the main terminal where all 134 passengers got off the plane safely.

Stone said airport officials requested aid from Daytona Beach firefighters shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, mostly as a precaution in case emergency evacuation chutes were deployed or any passengers injured.

Airport fire personnel already had sprayed foam on the landing gear of the aircraft by the time Daytona Beach firefighters arrived, Stone said. According to reports, the hydraulics malfunctioned on the right side of the 727 when the landing gear was deployed. Normally, the bay doors open, the wheels drop down and the doors close again.

On Tuesday, however, the bay doors opened, the wheels dropped down, but the doors failed to close. The pilot immediately reported the problem and shut down the engine on the right side of the aircraft.

Fire personnel rushed to the tarmac and sprayed foam because when the jet landed, the open bay doors dragged on the ground and caused sparks to fly.


-- Doris (nocents@bellsouth.net), April 04, 2001

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