Boeing Faces New Safety Concerns as FedEx Cargo Plane Lands in Istanbul Without Front Gear

By Thea Felicity

May 09, 2024 09:57 AM EDT

A Westjet Boeing 737-800 taxies at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Ontario, on May 16, 2022.
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An investigation is ongoing regarding a FedEx Airlines Boeing 767 cargo plane that was forced to make an emergency landing in Istanbul without its front landing gear.

Per CNBC, the aircraft successfully touched down on the runway, managing to avoid any casualties. However, the jet skidded onto the tarmac using its rear landing gear, resulting in sparks and smoke as the nose and front fuselage contacted the ground where the front landing wheels should have been.

The cargo flight, which originated from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, notified the Istanbul Airport control tower of the landing gear malfunction, enabling the plane to land under tower guidance.

Investigation teams from the Ministry of Transport are presently conducting examinations at the scene, with the US National Transportation Safety Board also dispatching investigators to Istanbul.

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Following this recent incident, Boeing is now under increased scrutiny. This coincides with the company's existing safety and public relations challenges due to a previous incident in January involving a door plug blowout on one of its 737 Max 9 planes.

Then, during takeoff, a Boeing 737-800's engine cowling came off and hit a wing flap, prompting a new inquiry from US officials.

Currently, recording only the issues in the first quarter of the year, Boeing faces mounting scrutiny with whistleblowers revealing structural flaws in its aircraft and ongoing plane malfunctions in the current year, leading to a backlog of FAA investigations awaiting resolution.

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