On Sunday May 14, a Cargolux Boeing 747 freighter aircraft operating from Luxembourg to Chicago was forced to abort the flight and returned to Luxembourg after the aircraft’s undercarriage failed to retract.
The Cargolux Boeing B747-400F, registered LX-OCV, was operating as flight CV6847 from Luxembourg to Chicago O’Hare airport on the evening of May 14.
After departure, the aircraft was unable to retract its undercarriage, resulting in the flight making a return to Luxembourg. Upon touchdown, the right-hand centre undercarriage wheel bogey assembly detached.
Video footage posted to social media clearly shows the four-wheel assembly detaching from the aircraft as it made its touchdown on Luxembourg’s runway 06.
The aircraft then completed its landing rollout without further incident, coming to a halt on the runway.
Following the landing incident Cargolux issued a formal statement saying:
“Cargolux would like to confirm that one of its aircraft, B747-400F bearing registration mark LX-OCV, suffered a significant landing incident at Luxembourg airport on Sunday evening at 18:52.”
“The aircraft was unable to retract its landing gear on take-off from Luxembourg. As a result, it was forced to safely dump fuel in order to return to land at the airport.”
“On its landing role (sic) its right body landing gear detached from the aircraft. The aircraft however came to a controlled stop and was attended to by the emergency services.”
Cargolux confirmed that no persons on board or on the ground suffered any injuries as a result of the emergency landing.
The relevant authorities were informed of the incident, and recovery efforts within underway to remove the aircraft from the runway.
Suspension of flight operations
Luxembourg airport authorities issued an advice just after 9 PM local time advising of a temporary closure to the runway.
The incident forced the suspension and diversion of several scheduled services, whilst the damaged aircraft was removed.
Following subsequent runway inspections, the airport announced the reopening to operations just before 1 AM local time this morning.