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FedEx DC-10 suffers landing gear collapse in Florida

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posted on Oct, 28 2016 @ 05:25 PM
Amazingly another plane is burning today. After American 383 caught fire on takeoff in Chicago, a FedEx DC-10 has caught fire in Fort Lauderdale. The aircraft had just arrived from Memphis, and the landing gear collapsed as they were rolling down the runway. The engine hit the runway, and broke in two, with the left wing breaking apart outside of the engine, and the fuselage suffering major damage from the landing gear.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A FedEx plane caught fire Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said firefighters were called to the airport shortly before 6 p.m. after smoke was seen coming from the plane.

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posted on Oct, 28 2016 @ 05:47 PM
The aircraft was N370FE, acquired by FedEx in 1997, first flew in 1972, as part of United Airlines, and was converted to a freighter. It was operating as FX910. It appears that the fuselage is mostly intact, with the damage being from the landing gear hitting it, but it looks like a portion of the wing was thrown through the air, after an explosion.

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posted on Oct, 28 2016 @ 06:06 PM
DC-10 and MD-11 strike again. At least this time it didn't roll upside down with several hundred passengers.

The contrast between 777 hard landings and DC-10/MD-11 hard landings is striking.

EDIT: It appears the entire wing didn't snap in half, so I was wrong.
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posted on Nov, 2 2016 @ 04:33 AM
The ONE year I get all my holiday shopping done early, it all goes up in flames. Sorry, I got all of you some pretty cool stuff, you would have loved them!
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posted on Nov, 23 2016 @ 05:45 AM
The NTSB is examining fracture surfaces in the left main to determine why it collapsed. The fire was started when fuel lines broke after the wing and engine contacted the runway.

The aircraft was built in 1972, undergoing conversion to freighter in 1999, and MD-10 conversion in 2003. It had 84,589 hours and 35,606 cycles.

posted on Jan, 22 2017 @ 11:49 AM
From the NTSB preliminary report:

Initial findings include the following:

The airplane was manufactured in 1972 and configured for passenger service. It was converted to a DC-10-10F freighter in 1999 and further modified to an MD-10-10F in 2003. It had accumulated 84,589 total flight hours with 35,606 total flight cycles at the time of the accident.
Investigators retrieved the flight data and cockpit voice recorders shortly after arriving on scene. The recorders were transported to the NTSB recorders lab for download. Both recorders contained good quality data. The CVR Group convened last week at the NTSB recorders lab and completed a draft transcription of the event’s audio recording.
Preliminary information from the flight data recorder indicates the airplane’s touchdown appeared normal and the airplane rolled on the runway for about 12 seconds before the left main landing gear collapsed.
After the left gear collapsed, the left engine and left wingtip contacted and scraped the runway, rupturing fuel lines and the left wing fuel tank. Fuel from the left wing ignited as the airplane rolled down the runway. The fire continued to burn after the airplane came to rest, resulting in fire damage to the left wing. The fire was extinguished by airport fire and rescue personnel.
The NTSB, with assistance from investigative party members and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport personnel, documented runway damage and debris on the runway. The first damage to the runway occurred about 3,750 feet from the runway 10L threshold. The airplane came to rest about 6,600 feet from the threshold.
Both flight crew members were interviewed in the days following the accident. They reported a stabilized approach to the airport and no anomalies with the gear retraction or extension during the accident flight.
Investigators completed the examination of the airplane and identified several parts of the left main landing gear for further examination. Those parts were transported to the NTSB lab for metallurgical examinations focusing on detailed characterization of the left main landing gear fracture surfaces.

posted on Jan, 22 2017 @ 09:15 PM
Work hardened major assemblies maybe causing microfractures perhaps?

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