National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials are investigating the
landing gear collapse of a Northwest Airlines Boeing 747 in Guam.
NTSB spokeswoman says the agency is “taking on the incident as an accident” because
the aircraft sustained “substantial damage”. The incident occurred on August 19
when the 747’s landing gear collapsed on landing at Guam
international airport, following a flight from Tokyo Narita.
spokeswoman says the NTSB is collecting information from US FAA and Northwest
representatives on site in Guam
as well as the carrier’s pilots union, the Air Line Pilots Association, and its
mechanics union, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA).
called an all out strike against Northwest at
on August 20.
aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder has been sent to Washington
DC and is currently
being inspected by NTSB officials. No further details are currently available.
airport was forced to close its runway and divert aircraft to other airports
because of the incident. An official in the airport’s emergency center on
August 19 told ATI that there were
two confirmed injuries.
could not immediately be reached for comment.