Crew Forgets To Raise Gear

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An Air India flight was diverted last week because the crew didn’t raise the landing gear. There were apparently lots of clues that something was terribly wrong but the A320 crew pressed on, climbing to 24,000 feet instead of the normal 35,000 to 37,000 feet and reaching only 230 knots as the plane gobbled huge amounts of fuel to beat the drag of the wheels. About 90 minutes into the flight from Kolkata to Mumbai, the fuel state demanded a diversion to Nagpur. They reportedly didn’t realize their error until they went to drop the gear for landing.

The pilots have been suspended pending an investigation by the airline. The aircraft was carrying 99 passengers who got to their destination after refueling in Nagpur.

Comments (6)

What happened to "positive rate, gear up" callouts? Sounds like there may be more issues than just forgetting to raise gear.

Posted by: matthew wagner | July 31, 2017 5:49 PM    Report this comment

OK, I feel just slightly better about my (more than once) failures to raise the gear. Each time it involved some distraction at liftoff time, wonder what this one was?

Posted by: John Wilson | July 31, 2017 6:17 PM    Report this comment

If they reached 230 knots I'm surprised that the gear wasn't damaged. What's the maximum gear down speed for an A320?

Posted by: Jerry Zezas | August 1, 2017 6:46 AM    Report this comment

Well, I guess it was better than forgetting to put the gear DOWN....

Posted by: John McNamee | August 1, 2017 6:57 PM    Report this comment

This can not be true. Please tell me this is 'fake news' ...?!

Posted by: Mauro Hernandez | August 2, 2017 10:27 AM    Report this comment

John, you are right!

If you forget to pull the gear up, you can't forget to put it DOWN - a distinct possibility with this crew.

Posted by: kim hunter | August 3, 2017 12:43 PM    Report this comment

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