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Last updated: 1 March 2021
Status:Final
Date:Friday 25 March 2016
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic E190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer ERJ-190AR (ERJ-190-100 IGW)
Operator:JetBlue Airways
Registration: N273JB
C/n / msn: 19000073
First flight: 2007
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-10E6
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 97
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) (   Bahamas)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Washington-Ronald Reagan National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), United States of America
Destination airport:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas
Flightnumber:29
Narrative:
The Embraer ERJ-190AR operated by JetBlue as flight 29 from Washington, DC, USA, experienced an inflight landing gear anomaly and subsequent landing with the nose gear retracted on runway 14 at Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN), Nassau.
After selecting the gear down, the pilots noticed that the nose landing gear was not fully extended and performed a go-around. Numerous attempts were made to lower the gear as per emergency checklist. The decision was then made by the flight crew to land the aircraft in the configuration that it was jammed in. The aircraft slid down runway 14 coming to rest on the center line near intersection Bravo. The nearby awaiting fire trucks foamed the aircraft and its underbelly to prevent any post-crash fire.

Probable Cause:

Conclusion
The Air Accident Investigation Department has determined the probable cause of this accident to be system component failure or malfunction within the nose landing gear operating system. Analysis conducted uncovered that the nose gear was not centered during its transit to the down position, causing the gear to become jammed and never fully extended.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: AAID Bahamas
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: AO-16-001208
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Gear-up landing
Runway mishap

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Distance from Washington-Ronald Reagan National Airport, DC to Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport as the crow flies is 1526 km (954 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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