FedEx Boeing 767F performs emergency landing, pilot injured

Los Angeles Fire Department

A FedEx Boeing 767F performed an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the early hours of August 19, 2020, after suffering from a reported landing gear failure.

The aircraft, registered N146FE, was en route from Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) when the landing gear issue was detected. After the crew were cleared for an ILS approach to Los Angeles 24L runway, the aircraft performed a low approach over the runway for ground services to evaluate the damage. As reported, nothing was seen as visibility was simply too low.

The Boeing 767F performed a second low pass at 10:59 UTC before holding over the sea. The aircraft was then cleared for an emergency landing on runway 25R. The plane landed without the left gear locked and in place, “leading it to come to rest with the engine holding the plane up on the left-hand side”, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

(Credit: flightradar24)

There were only two pilots on board the aircraft, Gregor said. Both pilots were able to evacuate the plane, however, one of them suffered from a minor leg injury and was subsequently taken to hospital. His condition was unknown, but the injury was described as not life-threatening.

The runway was closed until the aircraft was removed.

It is unclear what the issue was that led to the aircraft making this landing without the left gear down and locked, said spokesman. There will be an investigation involving the FAA to get to the bottom of the cause.

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