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The story of Gulfstream GV N777TY

The story of Gulfstream GV N777TY

  • Mechanics put popsicle sticks in the squat switches during maintenance (to put the plane “on the ground”, for troubleshooting, while on jacks).
  • Mechanics forgot to remove the popsicle sticks.
  • The pilots missed it on Preflight Inspection.
  • The plane took off. Everything was out of whack so they went around for landing.
  • At flare-out (60 ft. above the runway) the pilot brought the throttles back to idle.
  • Because the plane thought it was still on the ground the spoilers deployed (all 6 of them).
  • The plane slammed on the runway so hard the MLG (main landing gear) were pushed through the wings.

MORAL OF THE STORY

  • PUT RED FLAGS ON YOUR POPSICLE STICKS!
  • Or, use the recommended Ground/Flight Simulation Set.

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