HONG KONG: Hong Kong slowed to a crawl by ACG freighter

Air traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) was severely disrupted for more than six hours on 21 September when a fully loaded Air Cargo Germany (ACG) B747-400BCF suffered a main landing gear failure just as it was cleared for takeoff from Chek Lap Kok. The landing gear reportedly collapsed leaving the aircraft stranded at […]


Air traffic at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) was severely disrupted for more than six hours on 21 September when a fully loaded Air Cargo Germany (ACG) B747-400BCF suffered a main landing gear failure just as it was cleared for takeoff from Chek Lap Kok.

The landing gear reportedly collapsed leaving the aircraft stranded at the entrance to one of two runways at HKIA, forcing its closure. Eight-two flights that were estimated to have at least 8,000 passengers onboard were affected in the first three hours of the runway closure. Thirty-one departures and 51 arrivals were delayed. A maintenance team from the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering worked to repair the cargo plane where it stood on the tarmac, before it was finally towed back to the hangar.

In a statement, ACG said the landing gear was fresh from overhaul at REVIMA, France and installed on the aircraft during an extensive maintenance check at KLM in Amsterdam three weeks ago. The Aircraft was just delivered to ACG on September 11, 2010 on lease from the Air France-KLM group subsidiary Martinair