Conventional towbarless tugs in this class and size-range are usually equipped with a "shovel-like" nose gear
lift cradle, and the aircraft nose wheel must be forced onto the platform by using a tie-down winch, straps and adaptors that have to be connected to the aircraft first.
After multiple attempts to get the nose gear
to extend, we began discussing the possibility of landing gear up.
A preliminary examination of the nose gear
indicated that it failed due to stress overload.
Nor was any explanation given for the reason the nose gear
failed to deploy.
The nose gear
turning plate was also adjusted and this cut out the risk of jack-knifing; a term used to describe how the tractor could accidentally slide under an aircraft's fuselage in slippery conditions.
The tool is designed to keep the nose gear
from fully retracting and tripping the up-lock hooks.
An inspection later revealed wrinkles in the fuselage skin and a bent nose gear
Braking begins as soon as the main landing gear touches down while the nose gear
is still off the ground, which is 1 to 1.
A Bombardier Challenger-60 with the Turkish VIP charter carrier Arkasair enroute from Izmir to Istanbul earlier this morning ran off the runway some 50 meters and lost its nose gear
, officials said.
Friday local time apparently due to malfunctioning of its nose gear
while attempting to land, according to the reports.
The flaps were raised from half to auto and everything worked normally except the nose gear
, flight controls, wiring and fuel tank locations all had been changed, said Fujimoto, who is assigned to the 653rd Combat Logistic Support Squadron at Robins Air Force Base and is one of four crew chiefs on the project.