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Last updated: 18 May 2019
Date:Friday 11 September 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Operator:China Eastern Airlines
Registration: B-2173
C/n / msn: 48497/512
First flight: 1992
Total airframe hrs:4810
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney PW4460
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 120
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 137
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA) (   China)
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
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".

Wheel(s) up landing
Forced landing on runway

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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 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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