Re: MD-88 Nose gear trouble

Date:         05 Dec 96 02:27:17 
From:         Reid Fairburn <>
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At 02:42 AM 12/4/96, you wrote:
>Anyone know the procedure if they never did get a green light on the
>lock?  Belly landing or main gear only landing?

======Robbie:    The lack of a green, down & locked, light indication must
be verified if possible.  You can fly by a tower and they can look at it to
see if it is all the way down, you can have someone else fly on the wing to
check it down all the way, or in some airplanes there are peep holes in the
floor or cargo areas where the crew can look thru to check indications for
down & locked status.

If in fact the nose gear is jammed in a position other than down & locked, a
normal landing will take place and the nose lowered slowly and carefully to
the ground with the hope that minimal damage will occur.  Using anything
that is extended from the the gear in any position is usually
better than no gear at all as far as damage is concerned.

In most cases, the problem is just the switches or lights and not a gear in
the up position...but one cannot count on this.  Some airlines have an extra
set of landing gear indicators which give an independent confirmation of
position so that if one set shows unlocked or in the wrong position, the
other set can be referred to for confirmation.

Hope this helps!

Reid Fairburn
Creative Kingdom, Inc.