Vietnam Airlines crew fail to lower 787 landing gear

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The crew of a Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 failed to lower the plane’s landing gear and were forced to carry out a missed approach in Melbourne today (September 19) at just 1,000 feet above the ground.

The Australian Transport Safety Board has launched an investigation into “a misconfiguration incident involving a Boeing 787, registration VN-A870, flight VN781, operated by Vietnam Airlines near Melbourne Airport, Victoria”.

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The ATSB said that “on approach to land, Melbourne Air Traffic Control advised the crew that the aircraft’s landing gear had not been extended. The crew initiated a missed approach.

The 787 was only 1,500 feet (500 m) above sea level (ASL) when its crew initiated the go-around according to data from Flightradar24. Melbourne Airport is 424 feet ASL.

He said that as part of the investigation he would “obtain information from the flight crew and additional information if necessary”.

A report will be published at the end of the investigation.

However, if a critical safety issue is identified during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and request safety action to resolve the issue.

The aircraft was a 787-9 and was flying from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Melbourne.

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