Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Landing Gear: Required Equipment or Unecessary Cost?

Today in Fort Lauderdale a small, twin engine plane made a fatality-free landing after it's landing gear (well...half of it) had fallen off mid-flight (real story).

The crew and passengers, shaken and in need of immediate dry-cleaning services, were able to walk away from the landing unaided.

While not available for comment, Advantair (the manufacturer of the P-180) is rumored to be considering a budget version of the aircraft that does not feature the "redundant" left wheel. Industry insiders suggest interest from Jet Blue as an additional cost-cutting measure.

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