Narrative:A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767-35DER, SP-LPC, carried out a gear-up landing at Warsaw-Frédéric Chopin Airport (WAW), Poland. The airplane carried 230 passengers but no one was injured.
Flight LO16 operated on a flight from Newark, NJ (EWR), U.S.A. During the flight the airplane suffered a central hydraulic system failure. About 13:16, while on approach to Warsaw's runway 33, the crew managed to deploy the flaps for landing but the undercarriage could not be lowered. The airplane entered a holding pattern at 2750 feet but the gear could not be deployed. In the meantime a pair of Polish Air Force F-16 fighters was deployed and their pilots were able to visually confirm that it was indeed a problem with the landing gear rather than a problem with the annunciators.
The crew then decided to carry out a gear-up landing on runway 33 at 14:35.
Forced landing on runway
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Official accident investigation report
|investigating agency: ||SCAAI|
|report status: ||Interim|
|report number: ||SCAAI-1400/2011-EPWA-SP-LPC (rev.1)|
|duration of investigation:||29 days ()|
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photo taken one hour after the accident
SP-LPC being scrapped
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Newark-Liberty International Airport, NJ to Warszawa-Frédéric Chopin Airport as the crow flies is 6819 km (4262 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.