A Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 Almost Landed Without It’s Gear Down In

Earlier this morning, an incident was launched by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) after an inbound flight to Melbourne approached the runway without its landing gear deployed. What do we know about the incident? According to the report, the incident happened at 08:04 EST when Vietnam Airlines flight VN781 from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne Airport was on its approach to land. As it came closer to the runway, the ATSB said: “Melbourne Air Traffic Control advised the crew that the aircraft’s landing gear was observed not to be extended.” At that point, Flight Radar 24 shows that the aircraft had dropped to 650ft before crew engaged a “missed approach” (ATSB statement) and ascended 4,100ft within five minutes. It came into land 22 minutes after Flight Radar 24 recorded the flight’s lowest point. Had this landing gear failure not been noticed, the aircraft could have been seconds from disaster. Not only can a landing this way cause serious damage to the aircraft at best, but it can also cause wings and fuel lines to rupture, resulting in a fire. This was the final fate of the Sukhoi Superjet which crashed on 5th May claiming the lives of 41 people. 


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