ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed L-188CF Electra N854U Marietta-Dobbins AFB, GA (MGE)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 29 January 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188CF Electra
Operator:Galaxy Airlines
Registration: N854U
MSN: 2009
First flight: 1959-12-05 (25 years 2 months)
Total airframe hrs:47765
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D13A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Marietta-Dobbins AFB, GA (MGE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Destination airport:Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), United States of America
The right main gear jammed in transit during the gear retraction following take off from Philadelphia. The crew elected to divert to Dobbins AFB. A belly landing was made on a foamed runway 29. The aircraft veered off the runway at 4200 feet past the runway threshold and a fire erupted in the right main gear area, but was quickly put out. The aircraft came to rest 70 feet from the right side of the runway.

Probable Cause:

"Door,landing gear..clearance
Door,landing gear..exceeded
Landing gear,normal retraction/extension assembly..jammed
Landing gear,main gear..movement restricted"

Gear-up landing
Runway excursion

» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/88 (#27)
» Location of Commercial Aircraft Accidents/Incidents Relative to Runways / FAA, Office of Safety Oversight (DOT/FAA/AOV 90-1)
» NTSB id. ATL85MA083


photo of Lockheed-L-188CF-Electra-N854U
accident date: 29-01-1985
type: Lockheed L-188CF Electra
registration: N854U

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 Philadelphia International Airport, PA to Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC as the crow flies is 717 km (448 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.
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