Terrifying JetBlue Flight One of Many Landing Gear Mishaps Involving Airbus A-320 Airplanes

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ — The emergency landing of a New York bound, near-fully-loaded JetBlue airliner in California last night was not the first time an Airbus A-320 was forced to land with a misdirected nose wheel landing gear, according to attorneys and pilots with the aviation law firm Kreindler & Kreindler LLP (http://www.kreindler.com/).

A search of air safety records shows that prior to Wednesday’s dramatic emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, in which 140 passengers were flown for hours in circles while the airline worked on the problem, eight other Airbus A320s have been forced to land with wheels perpendicular to the runway. One of the previous events also involved a JetBlue airplane at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in November 2002. That incident followed maintenance of the nose landing gear shock absorbers. After investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board found that the nose gear problem at JFK was the result of improper maintenance.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its French counterpart issued airworthiness directives in 1999 ordering the modification of steering control valves on the French-made airliner when it appeared that similar events in 1998 were the result of seal failures. More recent, similar incidents with this aircraft in Chicago, Canada and Ireland were thought to be the result of mis-assembled shock absorbers, and Airbus issued revised installation procedures.

“When serious mechanical problems persist despite changes in procedures, either those responsible didn’t identify the problem correctly in the first place or there is a substantial design flaw, one that is too prone to maintenance errors,” said Justin T. Green, a partner at Kreindler & Kreindler and an experienced pilot.

“Last night the passengers on JetBlue Flight 292 spent three hours of uncertainty about their fate. Like the passengers of the previous incidents involving this aircraft, they were lucky to have pilots who flew the emergency landing well. We urge the airlines, manufacturers and the FAA to address the A320′s nose gear problem in a comprehensive manner before a fatal disaster results,” said Mr. Green.

About Kreindler & Kreindler LLP

Founded in 1950, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP (http://www.kreindler.com/) is nationally recognized as the first and most prominent aviation law firm in the nation. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, the firm has been the leading plaintiff legal counsel on hundreds of aviation cases, including major ones such as the September 11 terrorist attacks, Pan Am Lockerbie Flight 103, Korean Airlines Flight 007, and American Airlines Flight 587, and many cases of small private and commercial crashes. The leading legal textbook in the aviation field, “Aviation Accident Law,” and a standard legal treatise, “New York Law of Torts,” were authored by members of the firm.

Justin T. Green is a Kreindler law partner who specializes in aviation litigation. Mr. Green previously served in the United States Marine Corps as an AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter pilot and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Mr. Green is a commercial certificated and instrument rated pilot in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft who has accumulated over 1,300 hours of flight time. He has litigated numerous commercial and non-commercial aviation accident cases.

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