Bombardier jet under investigation
By QMI Agency
Last Updated: September 29, 2010 2:44am
MONTREAL – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a landing-gear failure involving a CRJ jet made by Montreal based Bombardier – the fifth such case in the past two years.
The latest rough landing happened on Saturday when a CRJ-900 made an emergency landing at JFK Airport in New York. The crew of the Atlanta Southeast Airlines jet was unable to deploy the right landing gear. The wing touched the runway, creating sparks until the jet came to a stop.
No one was injured, but the NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration are trying to find out if there’s a connection with four previous cases, two of which happened this year.
The FAA can order repairs or even ground aircraft, but spokesman Les Dorr said Tuesday his agency is waiting for information on the latest case.
“The NTSB is doing what they call an engineering investigation,” he said from Washington.
“If there are any safety problems that come to light that need to be addressed, we’ll go ahead and take action.”
Bombardier spokesman Marc Duchesne says his company continues to gather information, but denies any responsibility for the 2008 case in Chicago.
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