Mon, Nov 21, 2005
Crew Able To Extend Problem Gear, Land Uneventfully
A Gulfstream V (file photo of type, below) owned by Nike Inc.
that experienced landing gear problems shortly after takeoff from
Portland's Hillsboro (OR) Airport landed safely -- on all its
wheels -- after a three hour ordeal that was covered extensively by
cable news services.
According to media reports, the flight crew onboard the jet
was able to fully extend the right main gear -- which
had jammed at a 45-degree angle when the crew recycled the
gear following an indication a maingear door was jammed open --
after performing a series of high-g manuevers to force the gear
into a down-and-locked position.
While orbiting the Portland area for three hours to burn off
fuel, the crew also performed several flybys at Hillsboro airport
for the tower to inspect the gear.
Gulfstream representatives and test pilots were also in
communication with the crew onboard the jet, giving their
suggestions on how handle the incident.
The corporate jet was carrying four Nike executives, with
three crewmembers onboard. The flight was reportedly heading to
Toronto, and had fuel onboard for the approximately 2,100 mile
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