Saturday, November 19, 2011

Historical Flight Foundations DC-7B makes emergency landing in Charlotte

The #3 engine smokes badly as she climbs from Rwy 18L.

Short final to Rwy 18C with the #3 prop clearly feathered.
(Photos by Jay Selman) 
Historical Flight Foundations Eastern DC-7B (45345/928) N836D was flown from Opa-Locka Airport (OPF) to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT/KCLT) yesterday (November 18, 2011) by famed USAirways pilots, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles. The visit was part of an event publicizing the Carolinas Air Museum and it's recent acquisition of USAirways A320-214 (c/n 1044) N106US which landed in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009 following a double engine flame-out due to bird ingestion.
As this historic DC-7B was departing Charlotte on it's return flight to OPF, the #3 engine started smoking badly and the captain elected to shut it down and return to Charlotte, landing on 18C.

The aircraft remains on the ramp at the museum as the Foundations aircraft mechanics determine the cause of the problem.

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