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Airplane Makes Emergency Landing At U Tapao Airport After Landing Gear Problem


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A FLYDUBAI aircraft heading from Dubai to the Philippines made an emergency landing at U Tapao Airport soon after midnight last night (June 15) after the landing gear initially failed to deploy, Sanook.com, TV Channel 7, Naewna and Daily News newspapers said.

 

Approximately a hundred passengers plus the captain, a co-pilot and seven crew members were unharmed.

 

The captain of Airbus A319-115 (CJ) aircraft asked to land at U Tapao Airport at 00.30 a.m. after an emergency light flashed that the landing gear would not deploy.

 

The airport’s air traffic controllers quickly alerted the ground staff to prepare for this emergency landing with over 40 ambulances from Rayong and Chonburi quickly getting there.

 

by TNR Staff

PICTURE: The FlyDubai flight making an emergency landing at U Tapao Airport last night. Photo: CR and shared on X by F91 Trafficpro

 

Full story: THAI NEWSROOM 2024-06-15

 

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14 minutes ago, VBer said:

Maybe pilot decides that the problem will be escalating over time. For example, loosing some pressure or leak of some liquid. So he decided to land asap, while the problem is still manageable.

I might have gone with that as well. However, if the signal shows the landing gear is not working, then the scenario would be a landing without wheels, that´s the signal he got, and as a pilot he will know that is the most bad that can happen regarding landing gear system as it is a closed circuit of a plane and does not affect other parts.

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58 minutes ago, JoePai said:

The distance between Dubai and the Philippines is approx 7k Km - the same range as a A319 - does that sound right ?

Yeah that's weird, i googled what you said and the airplane would be short in range for that flight?

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2 minutes ago, Ben Zioner said:

Right, with the added benefit of not disrupting traffic of one of Bangkok's main airports.

Yeah right, it was just for the Vietnam war, nothing more or less.

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1 hour ago, JoePai said:

The distance between Dubai and the Philippines is approx 7k Km - the same range as a A319 - does that sound right ?

Their website also claims that they have a single fleet-type of Boeing737s.

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36 minutes ago, Moonlover said:

The pilot did not 'feel the need' to do an emergency landing, he followed the clear and strict instructions to land as soon as possible. It may only have been a spurious electrical problem or it could mean something more serious. And it seems that it was, the undercarriage initially failed to deploy.

 

Pilots don't try and 'second guess' a problem, they follow the procedures. They DO NOT ignore warning indicators, ever. The flight crew of Lauda Air flight 004 did that and look what happened!

So, there is no second guessing, as the landing gear was not to be used before time for landing. If land directly or when scheduled will give the same result. I am pretty sure it will not stand to land immediately, if a report of faulty landing gear if received.

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1 hour ago, dddave said:

Utapao was built for bomb laden B52's.  I seem to recall at one point it's runway was the longest in Asia.

Maybe the Captain just wanted the longest runway available with good emergency infrastructure.

 

Yes and it's a very very quiet runway,  less disruption.

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Remember the common inaccuracy of Thai reporting and I guess any responsible pilot would react to a warning light illuminating mid flight and get the plane on the ground before the issue escalates into something more serious. 

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