Delta Air Lines flight DL 1092 from the Atlanta hub to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) on Wednesday morning (June 28) landed on runway 36L at CLT without its front landing gear down.
Delta issued this statement:
The following article was originally published Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. EDT. It was updated Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. EDT with new information. It was updated again Thursday morning to note the plane had been removed from the runway. It was updated again Thursday afternoon to correct the number of people on board.
Delta flight 1092 made an emergency landing at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) Wednesday morning after the plane’s nose gear did not go down. No injuries to customers or crew were reported.
The flight, operated on a Boeing 717, departed from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 7:25 a.m. EDT. As it approached CLT, pilots received a “nose gear unsafe” indication. The crew initiated a missed approach procedure to further investigate the indication.
After a series of maneuvers and ongoing communication with CLT air traffic controllers to further trouble shoot the indication, pilots landed the plane at CLT, with the nose gear up, at 8:58 a.m. EDT. After the plane came to a stop on the runway, the flight attendants led customers through a safe evacuation via emergency slides. There were 104 people on board including the Delta crew.
“We apologize to our customers for what they experienced,” Delta said in a statement. “We appreciate that they left behind their luggage and personal items to enable a quick and safe evacuation and we’ve been working to reunite customers with those items. We continue to extend our personalized support to these customers.”
Delta deployed a team of technical experts from its TechOps division and flight safety teams to CLT assess the plane and recover it. Delta is fully cooperating with FAA and NTSB investigations. The plane was removed from CLT runway 36L later Wednesday.
The aircraft involved is the pictured Boeing 717-2BD N955AT.