Sun, Jul 18, 2004
China Airlines 747 nosewheel retracts, air bags are used to
lift nose up, up, up... whoa!
The following series of photographs, courtesy of Gary Wiblins'
Aviation Safety Forum newsletter, is of a mishap with a China
Apparently, a safety pin needs to be inserted on a parked B747
to prevent the nosewheel being inadvertently retracted. It seems
that in this case... well... it just wasn't. There must have been
an inadvertent person in the cockpit, because the nose wheel
did in fact retract, as shown in pictures 1 and 2.
Our Chinese friends, not to be outdone, hatched a plan. They
inserted some airbags under the nose, in picture 3, and proceeded
to successfully lift the nose clear of the ground. In fact, well
clear, as shown in picture 4...
Unfortunately, nobody seemed to remember that when you
lift the nose of an aircraft, the tail goes down.
In this case, onto a tailstand that could not have been in
a worse place at the worst time, as shown in pictures 5
Perhaps it was a language misunderstanding...
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