Accident description
Last updated: 29 November 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 11 September 1998
Time:23:07
Type:McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Operator:China Eastern Airlines
Registration: B-2173
C/n / msn: 48497/512
First flight: 1992
Total airframe hrs:4810
Cycles:1571
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney PW4460
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 120
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 137
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA) (   China) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS), China
Destination airport:Beijing-Capital Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China
Flightnumber: 586
Narrative:
The nosegear did not lock after retraction following takeoff from Shanghai. The crew tried to rectify the problem while in a holding pattern near Shanghai, but failed. The aircraft landed on a foam carpet with the nosegear up.
A movie was made based on this incident in 1999, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the People's Republic of China: "Emergency forced landing".


Classification:
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» BBC
» Flight International
» NTSB


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Distance from Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport to Beijing-Capital Airport as the crow flies is 1070 km (668 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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