2016-10-28 FedEx MD-10F gear collapse and fire on landing Ft. Lauderdale

2016-10-28 FedEx MD-10F gear collapse and fire on landing Ft. Lauderdale

2016-10-28 FedEx MD-10F gear collapse and fire on landing Ft. Lauderdale


On landing at Ft. Lauderdale the cargo aircraft veered to the left and ended off the runway on fire. Both crewmembers escaped.


FedEx cargo flight FDX 910 was following an ILS approach to runway 10L(eft) at Ft.Lauderdale in windy weather. After touchdown its left maingear gave way and collapsed rearwards causing its left wing to drop and its left engine hit the ground.
Directional control was subsequently lost and the MD-10 ran to the left of the runway. At this time, the aircraft left a trail of fire behind it, apparently from a leaking fuel line resulting in dense black smoke and large flames.

The MD-10 came to a standstill in an angle of about 30 degrees immediately after passing taxiway „Alpha 4“ . The left wing was completely on fire.

Both crewmembers escaped the cockpit via escape ropes and remained unhurt.

About a minute after standstill, an explosion occured inside a fuel tank intensifying the flames even more before – after about 2 minutes – the airport fire brigade arrived at the scene.

The Airport was closed until further notice. It is widely believed the aircraft is a write-off.

ATC recording Ft. Lauderdale Tower via Logo_LIVEATCnet (mp3 file)


METAR Ft.Lauderdale-Hollywood intl Airport (FLL, KFLL)

28/10/2016 16:53->
METAR KFLL 282053Z 05015G25KT 10SM FEW024 SCT033 BKN041 OVC250
           26/20 A2999 RMK AO2 RAB32E41 SLP153 P0000 60000
           T02560200 58013=
28/10/2016 17:53->
METAR KFLL 282153Z 05015G24KT 10SM FEW021 FEW026 BKN050 OVC250
           26/21 A2998 RMK AO2 PK WND 06026/2132 SLP152 T02560211=



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Aircraft Involved

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Type: McDD MD-10F
Registration: N370FE
Age a/c: 44.7 years
Constr. No.: 46608

Occupants & Casualties

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


Date: 2016-10-28 Time: 17:50
Location: KFLL FLL Ft. Lauderdale
Country: United States of America
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.: FDX 910
From: KMEM/MEM: Memphis To: KFLL/FLL: Ft. Lauderdale
Type: Cargo
Operator: Fedex Express

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 60th safety occurence for the operator
  • 5th safety occurence of type (MD-10)
  • 20th safety occurence at Ft.Lauderdale Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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