NTSB finds problem with Alaska Airlines plane with broken landing gear

Sep 12, 2023, 9:10 AM | Updated: 9:20 am

FILE - The National Transportation Safety Board logo and signage are seen at a news conference at N...

FILE - The National Transportation Safety Board logo and signage are seen at a news conference at NTSB headquarters, Dec. 18, 2017, in Washington. A broken pin might have caused a landing gear failure that left an Alaska Airlines jet resting on one of its engines last month. The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, that after the pin broke, the landing gear punched through the top of the left wing. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Investigators say a pin broke inside the left landing gear of an Alaska Airlines jet that came to rest on one of the engines after landing a flight from Seattle to California last month.

The two pilots discussed the need for a “firm” landing during Tropical Storm Hilary, and the captain felt a “firm jolt feeling” when the plane touched the runway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California.

Data from the plane indicated, however, that the touchdown force was within the airline’s limits, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Monday.

The pilots told investigators that cockpit indicators showed both main landing gear and the nose gear were in the down and locked position. After the plane landed, the captain told the co-pilot that it felt like the plane had a flat tire on the left side, and the crew noticed the plane listing to the left.

When the captain stopped the plane on a taxiway, he opened a window and saw the plane resting on the housing surrounding the left engine. The pilots shut down both engines, and passengers exited on the taxiway.

No injuries were reported among the 106 passengers and six crew members on the Aug. 20 flight, the NTSB said.

The NTSB said its examination found that a trunnion pin in the left landing gear had broken, and the gear assembly punched through the top of the left wing. The board said it will continue to investigate the incident.


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NTSB finds problem with Alaska Airlines plane with broken landing gear