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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 29 January 1985
Time:09:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188CF Electra
Operator:Galaxy Airlines
Registration: N854U
C/n / msn: 2009
First flight: 1959
Total airframe hrs:47765
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D13A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marietta-Dobbins AFB, GA (MGE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Destination airport:Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), United States of America
Narrative:
The right main gear jammed in transit during the gear retraction following take off from Philadelphia. The crew elected to divert to Dobbins AFB. A belly landing was made on a foamed runway 29. The aircraft veered off the runway at 4200 feet past the runway threshold and a fire erupted in the right main gear area, but was quickly put out. The aircraft came to rest 70 feet from the right side of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
"Door,landing gear..clearance
Door,landing gear..exceeded
Landing gear,normal retraction/extension assembly..jammed
Landing gear,main gear..movement restricted"

Classification:
Wheel(s) up landing
Runway excursion

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/88 (#27)
» Location of Commercial Aircraft Accidents/Incidents Relative to Runways / FAA, Office of Safety Oversight (DOT/FAA/AOV 90-1)
» NTSB id. ATL85MA083


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photo of Lockheed L-188CF Electra N854U
N854U was leased to Galaxy by Interstate, July 1984
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Distance from Philadelphia International Airport, PA to Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC as the crow flies is 717 km (448 miles).

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