American MD-80 attempts emergency landing at MIA, Flight 862 lands without incident

Breaking now: MD-80 to attempt an emergency landing with 132 on board

Plane is now making an attempt flight 862 @ 3:41 pm

On Ground 3:42, Front gear down, aircraft stopped 3:43 Pm.  Perfect landing and we end our coverage at 3:45 pm

An American MD-80  aircraft from  West Palm Beach to Chicago  with 132 people on board was diverted to Miami due to to longer runways and emergency equipment. Live on Fox News 4 minutes until landing.

3:38 pm – The problem is a disfunctiion in the front landing gear.  There was a flyby to examine the damage.  The aircraft than went over the everglades to dump fuel.  The ATC are allowing planes to land to clear the area.  We are listening to Jacksonville ATCC for updates.

Plane With Nose Gear Problem Diverted To MIA

Plane With Nose Gear Problem Diverted To MIA

MIAMI (CBS4) ―

A Stage 1 alert has been declared at Miami International Airport after a  Chicago-bound plane developed mechanical problems as it left Palm Beach International Airport and was diverted to Miami.

American Airlines Flight 862, which had left Palm Beach International Airport on a flight to Chicago, apparently developed the problem shortly after takeoff. The MD-80 jetliner had 138 passengers and crew members aboard, according to the FAA.

The pilot of the jet has been flying around the area of Miami International Airport in an effort to burn off fuel, and did a fly-by so pictures could be taken of the nose gear equipment. The plane is expected to burn off about 4 thousand pounds of fuel, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

The plane, which was likely fully field upon takeoff, must meet landing requirements for Miami International Airport by burning the fuel and reducing its landing weight.

Miami International Airport was selected for the landing because of the length of the airport’s runways and the emergency response teams in place. A spokesman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said their crews are on a stand-by status, and consider this a relatively low-level alert.

As crews awaited the plane’s arrival, Miami International Airport remained open and planes continued to land and take off.

FAA spokesperson Katheen Bergen said this is is not a routine situation, but “crews are well trained to handle these situations.”

Miami Hearld

Miami Herald Staff and Wire Reports

An American Airlines flight to Chicago has been diverted to Miami because of nose gear trouble. The airport is preparing for an emergency landing.

Miami International Airport spokesman Greg Chin says flight 862 from West Palm Beach is expected to land shortly.

Pilots of the MD-80 jet were first burning off fuel as a precaution before landing.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the situation is not routine, but also says that “crews are well trained to handle these situations.”

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  1. Areospce Magazine disagrees with you:
    Fuel dumping is common on both large commercial airliners and virtually all military planes. Many aircraft require the ability to dump fuel because of landing weight restrictions imposed by the manufacturers. Although a plane may be able to takeoff at a certain weight, its structure and landing gear may only be able to withstand the impact of landing at a much lower weight. This difference between maximum takeoff weight and maximum landing weight may be tens of thousands of pounds or even over a hundred thousand pounds for very large planes. In other situations, an aircraft may be at an acceptable landing weight but forced to make an emergency landing at a runway that is too short. It may be necessary to dump fuel to reduce the plane’s weight low enough in order to make a safe landing on a shorter field.

  2. The aircraft than went over the everglades to dump fuel.
    Large passenger jets, contrary to popular idiocy, CANNOT “dump fuel” – they have to burn it off in flight.
    I can’t believe how often this BS is reported as fact.

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