American Eagle Flight That Veered Off Runway at O’Hare on Thursday Had Same Issue a Day Earlier
The American Eagle plane that veered off the runway after landing at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (ORD) last Thursday had a similar issue a day earlier and was also forced to turn back and land, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
American Eagle Flight 4069 took off for Tulsa from Chicago on Thursday and made a return emergency landing, then veered off the runway before returning to paved surface. No one was injured.
Now it’s been revealed that the same American Eagle jet, an Embraer ERJ-145, had an “unsafe gear indication” a day previous, and had to return to Chicago to land as well. This first incident did not result in the aircraft veering off the runway.
‘Nose-wheel problems are the primary focus, officials said, adding that the pilots involved in the incidents Wednesday and Thursday reported that the Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet pulled hard to the right after the plane landed and was braking on the runway.’
How can the same aircraft have the same potentially catastrophic issue two days in a row??
American spokesman Matt Miller said:
‘”As maintenance issues arise we address them, and unfortunately, this aircraft had similar issues on two consecutive days. The aircraft was thoroughly inspected and determined to be airworthy before it was put back into service this morning. It’s now in our hangar at O’Hare, where our maintenance team is working diligently to address the issue.”‘
Apparently the ERJ-145 has a history of nosegear issues:
‘FAA service-difficulty reports examined by the Tribune list many cases of problems related to the nose-wheel steering system on ERJ-145s dating to at least 2001. Some of the records referred to “uncommanded swerving” during high-speed taxiing, takeoff and landing.’
This particular ERJ-145 was delivered to American Airlines in October of 2003.
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- US Airways Embraer 145 Has Another Mechanical Issue | June 4, 2012