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Last updated: 21 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 14 August 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-030B
Operator:Lufthansa
Registration: D-ABOM
C/n / msn: 18060/210
First flight: 1961-05-17 (1 year 3 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 42
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:London Airport (LHR) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Destination airport:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Narrative:
A Boeing 720B passenger plane, D-ABOM, sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at London-Heathrow Airport (LHR).
On final approach to London the crew discovered that the nose landing gear could not be lowered . After going round again the crew tried in vein by all means possible to lower the nose landing gear.
A safe nosegear-up landing was carried out on runway 10L.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES: "The investigation in London revealed a blockage, at the retracted position of the hydraulic system of the jack for retracting and lowering to nose landing gear; this was caused by foreign bodes (small pieces of rubber totalling about 6 cm2 in area) . The crew, therefore, had no possibility of lowering the landing gear."

Classification:
Wheel(s) up landing
Forced landing on runway

Photos

photo of Boeing-720-030B-D-ABOM
accident date: 14-08-1962
type: Boeing 720-030B
registration: D-ABOM
 

Map
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 Frankfurt International Airport to London Airport as the crow flies is 648 km (405 miles).

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