Plane Makes emergency Belly Landing at Airport watch what happens
December 23rd, 2016 | by Web Desk
A belly landing or gear up landing in planes occur when they land on the ground without their landing gears being lowered. A belly landing happens only in case of emergencies and the plane has to land on its belly or the underside part.Almost all the aircrafts these days are designed in such a way so that they can land on their bellies safely in case their landing gears fail to extend. However, belly landing is a risky thing to do and the biggest challenge in this type of landing is steering of the airplane so that it remains on the runway. This is because leaving runway is far more dangerous than belly landing.
Cause of belly landing
A major cause of belly landing is when the pilot forgets to lower the landing gear before touching the ground. There are several sensors and lights in the aircraft which signals whether the landing gear is up, in transit or down. When the landing gear is down, the light turns green. When the landing gear is up, the lights are red. However, few pilots neglect these lights. Belly landing can also occur if the pilot gets distracted. He can get distracted due to various reasons such as a sick passenger, traffic in his path, strong winds and so on.
Another cause of belly landing is the technical failure I.e due to some failures in the aircraft, the landing gear fails to extend. A common cause would be power failure. But a backup power is available in aircrafts so that wouldn’t be a problem.
Effects of belly landing
When a plane makes a belly landing,there could be damage to the plane. There is also a risk that the aircraft will flip over or catch fire if the landing is too hard.
Belly landing incidents
F-111 aardvark – this supersonic jet was in the air when air traffic control noticed that one of the wheels were missing. They informed the pilots who then had to make an emergency belly landing
Jetblue airbus A320-232- this happened in the year 2005 when the Jetblue airbus hard to make an emergency landing. Even though the rubber of the nose gear caught fire, no serious damage was done.
Belly landings are more common than you think.There is even an old saying which is very true. “ there are pilots who have landed gear up and those who will”. However, gear up landings when performed properly does not cause much damage.