2016-04-15 Polar Air Cargo 747-800F pod strike at LAX

2016-04-15 Polar Air Cargo 747-800F pod strike at LAX

2016-04-15 Polar Air Cargo 747-800F pod strike at LAX


The aircraft received unknown engine damage on balked landing in strong winds at Los Angeles LAX Intl Airport. The aircraft went around again and diverted safely.

On final approach to runway 25L in windy conditions, the aircraft banked to the right during touchdown resulting in a podstrike of the right outer engine #4.

After main gear touchdown the pilots discontinued the landing and went around.

The 747 diverted to Ontario Intl Airport (KONT) where it made a safe landing 25 minutes later. The cargo aircraft, operating on a scheduled flight from Seoul (South Korea) via Anchorage to Los Angeles LAX diverted to Cincinnati the day before.

The damage is said to be limited to the engine casing and the strut/pylon.

Listen to live air traffic control recording covering the time of the incident (at ~13min into MP3-file). –>   Logo_LIVEATCnet

PO916: „Los Angeles Tower, good morning, Polar 916 ILS 25Left.“
LAX-S: „Polar 916 heavy, number two following an Airbus. Wind 330 at 17, gusts 33. Report of minus 10 (knots, tailwind component), runway 25L, cleared to land.“

– DAL 467 going around –

LAX-S: – cleared United 1640 on parallel runway 25R for take-off –

– Polar Air Cargo 916 is going around after podstrike –

UAL1640: „..well, he (referring to the Polar Air 747-800) is going around, 1640.“
LAX-S: .. – cancelled take-off clearance for a take-off on parallel runway 25R –
LAX-S: „Polar 916 heavy, expecting you have a missed approach climb on runway  heading, climb an maintain 2000 (feet).“
PO916: „Ruway heading climb and maintain 2000, Polar 916 heavy,  we’ve had a windshear warning…“
LAX-S: „And Polar 916 heavy, radar reports from the folks on the ground it appears you may have scraped your left engine.“
PO916: „Right engine.“
LAX-S: „I’m sorry, right engine.“

Following the engine scrape report, tower cleared succeeding traffic to land on the same runway. A runway inspection was not carried out.

LAX spokeswoman N. Castles said there have been seven inbound flights to be diverted from Los Angeles Intl Airport to Ontario Intl Airport because of high winds. Six were passenger flights and one a cargo plane, and all but the cargo plane had made their way to LAX by 11:30 a.m., Castles said.

Some equipment that was blown around LAX struck and damaged three aircraft, two of them cargo planes and one destined for a charter flight that had to be delayed to Saturday, Castles said.

METAR Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX):

15/04/2016 08:53->
METAR KLAX 151553Z 32023G31KT 10SM FEW010 SCT160 BKN220 18/01
           A2989 RMK AO2 PK WND 33040/1508 SLP119 T01780006
15/04/2016 07:53->
METAR KLAX 151553Z 32023G31KT 10SM FEW010 SCT160 BKN220 18/01
           A2989 RMK AO2 PK WND 33040/1508 SLP119 T01780006

Date: 2016-04-15 Time: 07:45
Location: KLAX LAX Los Angeles Intl Airport
Country: United States of America
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: PO 916
From: KCVG/CVG: Cincinnati To: KLAX/LAX: Los Angeles
Type: Cargo
Operator: Polar Air Cargo


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2016-04-15_N858GT_B748F_PAC@KLAX_ACC3 2016-04-15_N858GT_B748F_PAC@KLAX_ACC2

Recorded cases of engine pod strikes since 2010

2016-04-15-B748F United States of America KLAX LAX Los Angeles Polar Air Cargo Boeing 747-800F N858GT
2016-01-25-B744 South Korea RKPC CJU Jeju Korean Air Boeing 747-400 HL7460
2015-12-26-B742F Saudi Arabia OEAB AHB Abha TransAvia Export Boeing 747-200F EW-460TQ
2014-10-24-B744F China ZSPD PVG Shanghai-Pudong Intl Airport China Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-400F B-2433
2014-10-22-B744 Germany EDDF FRA Frankfurt United Airlines Boeing 747-400 N120UA

Source: Jacdec Database

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Boeing 747-800F
Registration: N858GT
Age a/c: 4.4 years
Constr. No.: 37569

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  2  0 0  2
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 5th safety occurence for the operator
  • 8th safety occurence of type (B747-800)
  • 71st safety occurence at Los Angeles LAX Intl Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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