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Mesa ORD accident this morning

SkyW120

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too bad Chuck Norris wasn't riding in the back...glad everyone was okay.

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/36220324.html

A Middlebury woman whose United Airlines flight headed for South Bend landed without gear in Chicago was safe at home early Tuesday, but told SBT24/7 News the experience shook her up a bit.

Becky Bontreger and her husband, Kent, were returning from a weekend with friends in New Orleans when their connecting flight home to South Bend Regional Airport was sent back to Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
"We were getting ready to land in South Bend and the pilot said we'd be landing in ten minutes," Bontreger said by telephone. "Then, we circled South Bend three times and started back to Chicago."
United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said United Express flight 7164, operated by Mesa Airlines, landed safely but "it did not come to rest on all of its wheels."
Dave Lachniet with South Bend Regional Airport confirmed early Tuesday that the plane was sent back because of a landing gear problem. McCarthy said the landing gear indicator light alerted pilots shortly after takeoff.
And while Bontreger and the other 27 passengers were not injured, she said she was seated in the front of the plane and knew something was wrong.
"There was another pilot in the row in front of us and they came and got him," she said. Shortly thereafter, the passengers were told the landing gear on the left side did not come down.
The aircraft's fuel was jettisoned over Lake Michigan and flight attendants — who Bontreger described as amazingly calm — prepared the passengers for an emergency landing.
"Everyone on the plane stayed very calm, there was never any outburst," she said. "People were praying."
Twenty to 30 fire engines and ambulances awaited them when they landed at O'Hare, with the plane tilting to the left and the wing scraping sparks down the tarmac.
"It was scary," Bontreger said, adding that she cried all the way home.
But she and her husband opted to board another plane for South Bend. She said some passengers weren't ready for that, so rental cars and other transportation were arranged by United.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

i fly boxes

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Thats the second, left gear not coming down accident in 2 days. First off, good job to both crews. Second, can you say the media is going to be all over this now and Larry King will be talking about the CRJ and how its a dangerous plane.
 

WalterSobchak

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Between this and those damned flaps...I keep having this bad feeling that this is going to be a really crappy winter for the CRJ2.
 

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I've been hearing about a lot of gear disagrees lately on the -200. Looking forward to another AD / Service Bulletin with another pain in the arse procedure to memorize.
 

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Jettisoning fuel is not possible in a CRJ. :confused:


sarcasm

Correct. This feature was disabled for cost savings. Fuel is a large operating cost of an airline.

In fact, the project APU sheriff nearly had a stroke when he found out that the crew found a way to jettison fuel.


/sarcasm
 

TOOL CRIB

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I think this is a new management ploy to get rid of 50 seaters. Sabotage!
 

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Thats the second, left gear not coming down accident in 2 days. First off, good job to both crews. Second, can you say the media is going to be all over this now and Larry King will be talking about the CRJ and how its a dangerous plane.

The CRJ-200 is the biggest POS in the skies. It should not be in airline service of any kind.
 

SkyW120

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I think the accident A/C was a CR7
 

MusicMan

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The CRJ-200 is the biggest POS in the skies. It should not be in airline service of any kind.

On what grounds? No passengers in the United States have ever been killed in one of these aircraft due to mechanical failure.
 

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The CRJ-200 is the biggest POS in the skies. It should not be in airline service of any kind.

POS? Yes..

Biggest POS? no...

It has it's place, but not as a big a place as it has today.
 
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I get a real kick out of folks saying the CRJ is a piece of sh1t.

Obviously some may have not ever flown giant pieces of sh1t.
 

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Hi!

I've heard from a lot of people that the CRJ-200 is better than the ERJ-145.

Also, I'd rather fly a CRJ-200 than a DC-9, as far as the airframe and avionics go.

cliff
GRB
 

Fly2Scuba

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Thank goodness Mesa pilots are well compensated for such international news worthy events.
 

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Seriously...what is WRONG with you people? Second page? Left to me? Did we all miss our coffee this morning?


MESA SUCKS!

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