Icelandair B757 landing gear collapsed during rough landing at Keflavik Airport in Iceland


KEFLAVIK, ICELAND – During a storm raging at Keflavik Airport in Iceland on Friday, an Icelandair Boeing 757 made a rough landing, which resulted in a collapsed right main landing gear. There were no injuries reported. Icelandair is the flag carrier airline of Iceland, headquartered at Keflavík International Airport.

The 19.5 year old Boeing 757-256 with registration TF-FIA departed from Berlin Airport at 12:21 PM local time with 166 people on board and arrived at Keflavik Airport at 3:49 PM.

Nobody on board was injured on Flight FI529. All passengers disembarked the aircraft safely by using the passenger stairs and were driven by bus to the terminal.

Several flights that were en route to Keflavik, including 5 flights from Wizz Air returned to the airports they departed from, due to runway 10/28 being closed for several hours at Keflavik Airport.

A passenger recorded the landing from a seat behind the left wing and another one recorded the landing from the right side of the B757:

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Icelandair pilots

Icelandair is one of the safest airlines with one of the best pilots in the world, who are used to land in stormy conditions, due to many severe winds and storms raging over the island throughout the year.

In this next video an Icelandair B757 pilot performed an amazing storm landing in 2017 at Amsterdam Airport, after performing a quite unusual approach.

The video really shows the amazing skills these Icelandic pilots have gained through the years of experience and training:

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The weather conditions were severe on Friday, but what really caused the landing gear to collapse is still unclear at this moment.

Last Icelandair incident

Incidents involving Icelandair are very rare, after the merger between Flugfélag Íslands and Loftleiðir in 1979, which resulted in the airline being renamed Icelandair.

Since 1979 only 1 incident occured in the airline’s history. On January 22, 2002 the pilots of an Icelandair Boeing 757-200 registered TF-FIO with 75 passengers on board, entered a series of extreme manoeuvres during Flight 315. The passenger aircraft was approaching Oslo Airport, when the pilot had to perform a go around from a low altitude following an unstabilised approach.

The B757 was subjected to load factors in excess of the design limits, culminating in a dive followed by a +3.59G pull-up maneuver at an altitude of only 321 ft. The speed limit for the flap-configuration was also exceeded.

The pilot managed to regain control and after a successful second approach, the aircraft landed safely. There were no injuries.

Keflavík Airport

Keflavík Airport (KEF) – also known as Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport – is the largest airport in Iceland and the country’s main hub for international transportation and Icelandair’s main hub. The airport is located 2 miles (3.1 km) west of Keflavík and 50 km (31 mi) southwest of Reykjavík, the country’s capital. KEF has 3 runways, of which 2 are in use.

The airport is primarily used for international flights, while most domestic flights use the much smaller Reykjavík Airport (RKV), which is located 1.9 miles (3 km) from downtown Reykjavík.


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