You're not hardcore unless you live hardcore

What do you do if you're in an airborne plane and the front landing gear won't extend? If you're on ANA flight 1603 from Ōsaka to Kōchi, you land that bad boy anyway. [English news link.]

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Kansai folks are hardcore. I hear the pilot didn't even notice until one of the cabin attendants yelled "Woooo! All systems 100% badass!" and high-fived him afterwards.

Useful phrase of the day: dōtai chakuriku (胴体着陸, "fuselage touchdown", "belly landing").

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"The successful landing followed an earlier attempt to dislodge the gear by touching down briefly at around 10:30 a.m., ministry officials said. The plane touched down on the runway with its main gear and then took off again to circle above the airport."

Beyond hardcore.


Not *quite* as badass, but a year and a half ago, a JetBlue flight in the US had to make an emergency landing on a broken gear while the passengers, who all have satellite TV at their seats, could watch the news footage of their own flight. Extra surreality points for the flight having originated at Bob Hope Airport.


How did that link not work? Matt, why is it that every time I try to comment here, I manage to get something wrong?


Don't blame yourself, Brian, I have this set up to neuter HTML in comments for safety & anti-spam reasons. But I fix them myself later! See?

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