Korean Air 852

Case Studies

Eddie sez:

I heard early on in my flying career, "There are those who have and those that will," when it comes to gear up landings. Hogwash. Here is a professional crew that totalled a multimillion dollar aircraft because they couldn't be bothered with the checklist. . . .

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Photo: HL7350, from Aviation Safety Network.

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Accident Report

  • Date: 13 JUN 1991
  • Time: 18:41
  • Type: Boeing 727-281
  • Operator: Korean Air
  • Registration: HL7350
  • Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
  • Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 120
  • Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 127
  • Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
  • Location: Taegu Airport (TAE) (South Korea)
  • Phase: Landing (LDG)
  • Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
  • Departure airport: Jeju (Cheju) International Airport (CJU/RKPC), South Korea
  • Destination airport: Daegu (Taegu) International Airport (TAE/RKTN), South Korea


Gear-up landing. The crew failed to read out the landing procedure checklist, didn't select the gear down. The circuit breaker was pulled when the warning system horn sounded.


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