Delta flight lands without nose gear at Charlotte Douglas

A Delta Air Lines aircraft on its nose at Charlotte Douglas Airport.
Photo via Twitter

A Delta Air Lines flight operating out of Atlanta, GA has experienced a nose gear collapse after landing at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC.

Delta flight DL1092 Atlanta – Charlotte

Delta flight DL1092, a Boeing 717-200, was operating the regional flight from Atlanta (ATL) into Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) earlier today.

The domestic flight had departed Atlanta today at 7.25AM local time.

It is understood that a problem with the undercarriage resulted in the flight making an approach and landing without the nose gear extended.

Data from shows that the aircraft executed two holding manoeuvers in the Charlotte Douglas area before attempting the approach and landing. This was presumably to initiate rectification actions to attempt to extend the landing gear.

The aircraft involved was a Boeing 717-2BD, registered N955AT; a 22.6 year old airframe belonging to Delta.

A passenger from the flight posted photos to social media, clearly showing the aircraft with nose gear assembly retracted and emergency slide deployed, following the landing at CLT.

Delta Air Lines Boeing 717 with nose gear collapsed on the runway at Charlotte Douglas Airport.
Photo via Twitter user kparks @parks3811
Delta Air Lines Boeing 717 with nose gear collapsed on the runway at Charlotte Douglas Airport.
Photo via Twitter user Chris Skotarzcak @Skobi1kanobi


It is understood that the runway remains blocked. There have been no reports of injuries at this time. According to the airline, two pilots, three flight attendants and 96 passengers evacuated safely.

CLT Airport made the following statement via its social media channels: “Runway 18R/36L is currently closed following a mechanical issue with Delta Air Lines. No injuries reported. Passengers returned to the terminal. The Airport is working to remove the aircraft and reopen the runway.”

UPDATE #2 11.30 EDT

Delta has now issued a complete statement on the circumstances of today’s landing incident, saying:

The flight, operated on a Boeing 717, departed from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 7:25 a.m. EDT. As it approached CLT, pilots received a “nose gear unsafe” indication. The crew initiated a missed approach procedure to further investigate the indication. 

Initial reports indicate that the flight crew flew by the CLT air traffic control tower to allow air traffic controllers an opportunity to visually inspect the plane.

That observation indicated that the nose landing gear doors were open, but the nose gear itself remained in the up position. 

Pilots landed the plane at CLT, with the nose gear up, at 8:58 a.m. EDT. The aircraft remained on the runway during the landing.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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