Thursday, September 30, 2010

FAA Needs To Take Action on Bombardier CRJ-200 Landing Gear Malfunctions

Just days after a Delta CRJ-200 made an emergency landing at JFK airport in New York City when its landing gear didn't properly deploy, another CRJ-200, operated by Skywest Airlines made a similar landing in Milwaukee.

This is far from an isolated event for the CRJ-200 series aircraft. There have been several documented instances where the CRJ-200 landing gear didn't deploy properly, requiring pilots to make emergency landings. In fact, there have been six documented instances in the past two years on the Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft, as compared to two instances for all other aircraft combined.

It would appear that there is some kind of engineering or design defect causing a problem with deploying all landing gear as it should. Corrective actions are necessary here.

The NTSB is investigating the incidents, and it may be time for the FAA to require checks of all landing gear components on board the planes before one of these emergency landing incidents results in fatalities.

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