Monday, April 23, 2018

World Atlantic Airlines, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, N807WA: Accident occurred April 20, 2018 at Alexandria International Airport (KAEX), Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Flight 708: Landed and main gear collapsed.

Date: 20-APR-18
Time: 19:19:00Z
Regis#: N807WA
Aircraft Model: MD83
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Flight Number: 708

An MD-80 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aircraft carrying 101 passengers made an emergency landing Friday afternoon at Alexandria International Airport.

Executive Director Jon Grafton said the aircraft, operated by World Atlantic Airlines in support of ICE, declared an in-flight emergency regarding a suspect landing gear at about 2:45 p.m. Friday. Grafton said the aircraft landed safely on runway 14 and traveled about 6,000 feet down the runway when the right landing gear collapsed. 

"Since they had declared an emergency, the emergency response crew was ready and on the scene immediately," Grafton said.

There were no reported injuries of any passengers or crew members.

Grafton said that as of Friday afternoon the plane is resting at the 32 end of the 14/32 runway, which is closed. The 18/36 runway remains open, and Grafton said there is no impact to commercial or private aviation and the airport is open for flights.

Grafton said standard incident protocols will be followed regarding notifying the Federal Aviation Administration and other airline safety agencies.

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (AEX) - A U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement jet carrying 101 people was forced to make an emergency landing at Alexandria International Airport Friday afternoon.

According to England Airpark Executive Director Jon Grafton, the crew of the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 operated by World Atlantic in support of ICE called in an emergency approach around 2:45 p.m. Grafton said that the plane was having a problem with landing gear as it came in on Runway 14. It then traveled another 6,000 feet to the 32 end of the runway before it suffered a collapse of the right landing gear.

By that time, AEX’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team had mobilized and was able to help the 101 passengers and crew safely leave the plane. ARFF then proceeded to foam the plane’s right wing.

Grafton said that the plane is resting on the 32 end of the runway, but that Runway 18-36 remains open to commercial and general aviation.

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