Colgan Air, Buffalo

One day after the NTSB wrapped up a three-day public hearing highlighting its investigation into the crash of Colgan Airlines Flight 3407, the same airline, flying the same type of plane, on the same route, crash landed in Buffalo.

It hasn’t been a good year for Colgan Airlines. On Tuesday, just a day after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wrapped up a three-day public hearing to highlight its investigation of the February 12 crash of Colgan Flight 3407, one of its planes crash-landed in Buffalo.  Coincidentally, the May 12 incident involved the same type of plane (a Q400 Bombardier turboprop), flying the same route (Newark to Buffalo), and the same destination airport (Buffalo Niagara International). Worst of all for Colgan (but ideal for NTSB investigators), is the fact that one of the passengers on board Flight 3268 happened to be taping the landing, and captured the failure of the landing gear on video. (According to the Toronto Sun, the plane involved in this latest incident is already back in service, hardly a comforting thought for Colgan Air customers.) 

Absent from U.S. media coverage of the most recent Colgan Air incident is that Q400 Bombardier Dash-8 turboprops have a history of landing gear malfunctions. On September 9, 2007, a Scandinavian Airlines Q400 crashed and caught fire (Aalborg, Denmark), after its right-side landing gear failed. Three days later, the landing gear of another Q400 collapsed after the plane touched down in Vilnius, Lithuania. Finally, on October 27, 2007, at the tail end of an SAS flight from Bergen, Norway, to Copenhagen, the landing gear of a Q400 failed to extend fully, resulting in yet another crash landing. (SAS subsequently decided to stop flying Q400 Bombardier turboprops, citing “diminished confidence” in the aircraft.)