Delta 717 Lands With Nosegear Up


There were no injuries when a Delta Boeing 717 crew put the aircraft down in Charlotte with the nosegear retracted. Flight 1092 was on final after a flight from Atlanta when the crew got a nosegear light. They flew a couple of inspection flights over the tower and learned the front gear doors were open but the gear was stowed. Nothing would bring the wheels down so the crew set up for landing.

The crew told the 96 passengers and three flight attendants to be ready for a rough landing but it that didn’t turn out to be the case. The rollout ended with the nose right on the centerline. Delta apologized to the passengers for “what they experienced” but noted crews train extensively for this kind of thing, rare though it is.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. … but you just know that nightly news ‘droids across the land will lead with “Breaking News: Airliner Crash in Charlotte!”

  2. This former Boeing engineer HATES when they label that Mac-Dac hardware as Boeing equipment. But well done by the aircrew!

  3. The good news, it looks like the passengers only had a short hop to the ground when they deplaned.

  4. Everyone walked away from it, so it was a good landing. If they get to use the airplane again, it was a great landing! Nicely done pilots!