Aviation Investigation Report A98H0003

1.6.17  Landing Gear (STI1-31)

The MD-11 has four landing gear assemblies: two main gear, a centre gear, and a nose gear. The two main landing gear retract inward; the centre main landing gear and the nose landing gear retract forward. The landing gear is hydraulically operated. Normal gear extension and retraction is provided by Hydraulic System 3.

All four landing gear assemblies were in the retracted position at the time of impact. The right main landing gear displayed greater overall damage than did the left main landing gear.

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