Saturday, August 29, 2020

Boeing 767-3S2FER, N146FE: Accident occurred August 19, 2020 at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Accident Number: DCA20LA138
Date & Time: 08/19/2020, 0505 PDT
Registration: N146FE
Aircraft: Boeing 767
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air Carrier - Non-scheduled

On August 19,2020, about 5:05 AM Pacific daylight time, FedEx flight 1026, a Boeing 767-300, N146FE, landed after the left main landing gear failed to extend at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), Los Angeles, California. The airplane received substantial damage. Both flight crew members exited the airplane using the cockpit emergency escape ropes and the first officer received a serious injury. The flight was operating under Title 14 CFR Part 121 as a domestic cargo flight from Newark International Airport(KEWR), Newark, New Jersey, to KLAX.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing
Registration: N146FE
Model/Series: 767 300F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:No
Operator: Federal Express
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
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  1. I watched the Video of the landing, and I am not a pilot but could someone explain why he used the escape rope instead of the MCD slide or the Service door on the right hand side? He fell pretty far and i feel that was a bad judgement call.

  2. B767F are not equipped with slides. Escape rope out FO side cockpit window is SOP.

    1. No R1 door exists in that freighter configuration. And SOP allows use of inertia reel at L1 door, but don't exit into a danger zone , which was the left side in this case.

  3. B767F are not equipped with slides. Escape rope out FO side cockpit window is SOP.

  4. Just watched the video on YT on the F/O going down the rope. Doesn't show the fall but shows right as he landed. He tries to get up on his feet, but can't. Clearly he broke something...or multiple things. Best wishes for a full recovery. Also he was higher up than where the captain was since the aircraft was tilted higher on the right side. Just two feet can make the difference between broken bones and no broken bones from a 20' or less drop. Don't ask me how I know that.