Home video of yet another in a long series of Airbus nosegear extension failur...
Home video of yet another in a long series of Airbus nosegear extension failures. Here's the story, from contributor Peter Metz:
"This shows FG flight 709, bound from Kabul to Dubai, which left the Kabul Airport with 261 passengers on board. After departure the pilot had a problem with the front wheel gear and could not retract it. Instead of proceeding to Dubai Airport (flight time 2:30 minutes), with all relevant security measures he decided to land back at Kabul Airport."
"Capt. Abdul Rahman asked the tower to investigate the problem. Kabul Airport sent an ICRC plane to investigate the problem from beneath the aircraft. After the problem was located, the captain released most of all the full tanks of kerosene and made a final approach at Kabul Airport. At this time there were still about 30,000 mines lying around beside the apron."
"After the plane came off the runway nothing happened, and the fire brigades went to rescue the aircraft and passengers. The plane came to stand about 50 meters beside the runway without any problems. All passengers escaped the aircraft safely. Capt. Rahman got out of the plane, had a cigarette smoke, and took all the passengers to Dubai in a second plane approximately an hour later. ISAF than pulled the plane from beside the apron, stretched the wheel straight, and pulled it to the maintenance department."