In the early hours of this morning UK time, a FedEx Boeing 757 overran the runway in Chattanooga, Tennessee following an issue after departure.
Incident: FedEx Boeing 757 Overruns Runway in Tennessee…
FedEx flight 1376 from Chattanooga, Tennessee was supposed to be a routine flight to Memphis, one of the carrier’s mega hub airports on a standard freighter run.
The flight departed the airport at 2223 local time where a few minutes after departure, a unspecified problem arose, causing the aircraft to instigate a number of holds whilst the issue was rectified.
After around an hour and twenty minutes in the air, the aircraft appeared to have landed safely, as per ADS-B data.
However, it has emerged that the aircraft had overrun the runway after its landing, with video footage surfacing after the incident, which you can see below:
About N977FD: The Aircraft Involved in the Incident…
It is understood that the aircraft affected by this incident was N977FD, which is a 35.8 year old airframe, that started out life with Air Europe in March 1988, as per data from Planespotters.net.
By December 1988, the aircraft was sent to Air Europa as EC-204, and was re-registered as EC-EMA by January 1989.
It remained with the carrier until November 1989 when it went back to Air Europe, and then over to NFD – Nurnberger Flugdienst in March 1990 as G-BNSD.
By March 1992, following another return to Air Europe, the jet was sent over to Transavia as PH-TKY, and then over to China Southern Airlines in July 1993 as N769BE.
By October 1998 & January 2001, the jet was handed over to Royal Airlines and then Canada 3000 Airlines as C-GRYO.
The jet was then returned to Pegasus Aviation in January 2002, and by September of that same year, went over to Transmeridian Airlines.
Then in October 2003, Avianca took over the aircraft on lease from Transmeridian and was later returned to them in March 2004.
Between October 2006-June 2008, it then went over to Santa Barbara Airlines and SBA Airlines, before being handed over to Sky Holding Company in November 2013, where it remained there only a month before heading to FedEx in December 2013, and was subsequently converted into a Freighter.
All eyes will now be on investigators to see what the problem was in the air onboard FedEx flight 1376 from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and whether this was a factor in the aircraft overrunning the runway.
UPDATE #1 @ 1106 UK time – The Aviation Herald confirms that the cause of this incident was due to a hydraulic problem causing an unsafe landing gear, resulting in a landing without the main gear itself.
UPDATE #2 @ 1635 UK time – Footage has surfaced of the FedEx Boeing 757 Freighter making its emergency landing in real-time!
UPDATE #3 @ 1648 UK time – Photos from the scene at Chattanooga following the incident.
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