Re: Gimli 767 nose gear

Date:         30 Mar 97 03:54:28 
From:         Derek Clarke <>
Organization: GEC-Marconi Inflight Systems
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Larry Stone ( wrote:
>: Amazing how little damage can occur with a skiilful landing. In 1990, UA
>: had a 747-400 (almost brand new) make a partial gear up landing at LAX -
>: only the wing  (outer) main gear came down, the nose and body (inner)
>: mains stayed up. I saw a video of it - the captain held the nose off until
>: about 10 knots, finally lowering it oh so slowly. Damage was limited to
>: the nose gear doors (which did open) and some skin panels. The plane was
>: back in service 5 days later. (Merlin Dorfman) wrote:
>     I need a little clarification here.  First, how much lift can the
>wings produce at 10 knots?  Not enough, I suspect, to keep the plane
>from tipping over while perched on one landing gear--unless there was
>quite a headwind.


He didn't say one landing gear, he said one _pair_, the wing mains.

So the engines would be clear of the runway at rest.