Cargolux 747 shears undercarriage after emergency landing

The aircraft was in the process of making an emergency landing at the time

A Cargolux 747 suffered a undercarriage failure following an emergency landing, shearing one of its main gear bogies.

On Saturday May 14, flight CV6847 was operated by a 23-year-old Boeing 747-4R7F LX-OCV (c/n 29731), and was a routine freight service between Luxembourg Findel and Chicago O’Hare. After departure from Luxembourg, it is reported the 747 was unable to retract its undercarriage and decided to return to Findel for an emergency landing.

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Video footage circulating on social media shows the right centre bogie detaching from the aircraft after landing back on Luxembourg’s runway 06, further impacting the rear fuselage.

Cargolux confirmed the incident in a statement, and said: “Cargolux would like to confirm that one of its aircraft, B747-400F bearing registration mark LX-OCV, suffered a significant landing incident at Luxembourg airport on Sunday evening at 18:52.

“The aircraft was unable to retract its landing gear on take-off from Luxembourg. As a result, it was forced to safely dump fuel in order to return to land at the airport. On its landing roll its right body landing gear detached from the aircraft. The aircraft however came to a controlled stop and was attended to by the emergency services.”

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As the aircraft was already undertaking an emergency landing, the airport’s fire service was already mobilsed.

Cargolux confirmed nobody was hurt in the incident, and the relevant investigatory authorities have been informed.