AA flight diverts to LHR

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Anyone any ideas what went on here? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-13019482 My guess is just a gear door that wouldn't close.
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Wales online has the answer! ;) An American Airlines statement said: "Our flight 121 from Paris to New York will be landing at Heathrow for small mechanical repair to a cockpit instrument. It is circling to burn-off fuel so that it will not be overweight when it lands at Heathrow. There is no poroblem with the landing gear." Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/cardiffonline/cardiff-news/2011/04/08/american-airlines-aircraft-spotted-circling-south-wales-91466-28487141/#ixzz1Iy6Revvv

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"But a spokeswoman dismissed fears of a forward undercarriage malfunction by saying it would have been deliberately deployed to increase drag while the aircraft used up fuel before it landed in London" Later another spokesman said that the previous spokeswoman was talking B******s as you cannot deploy the gear in parts, it's either all up or all down! Rgds Cking
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I thought the 757 was able to land at MTOW?

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Many aircraft can drop part of the gear as a speed brake, but I've only known it as the mains only, not the nose only

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I thought the 757 was able to land at MTOW?
Just because you can, doesn't mean you have to. :diablo:
Many aircraft can drop part of the gear as a speed brake, but I've only known it as the mains only, not the nose only
As CKing says - the B757 - "cannot deploy the gear in parts, it's either all up or all down!", well by the flight crew. :)
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Also, the 757 does not have the capability to "dump" fuel like other aircraft, hence why it was "circling to burn-off fuel so that it will not be overweight when it lands at Heathrow".;)