The United Airlines’ Boeing 767-400 with registration N76065 suffered gear failure during climbing out of Zurich’s runway 34 on flight to Washington Dulles, USA. The crew requested to level off at FL120, but the airplane was too heavy to land now and continue along the departure, but were unable to climb above FL240. The airplane Boeing 767-400 succeeded to climb to FL200 maintaining a speed of about 300 knots and was en route at FL200 over France. The flight was about 55 nm southeast of Paris Charles de Gaulle, when the crew requested to land in Frankfurt/Main in Germany, when being on about 230 nm to their northeast reporting they were unable to retract the landing gear.
The airplane Boeing 767-400 dumped fuel and landed safely in Frankfurt on about 90 minutes after departure from Zurich, Switzerland. The fliught was canceled and the passengers were rebooked for other flights.
Boeing 767 is a mid- to large-size, long-range, wide-body twin-engine jet airliner. It was Boeing’s first wide-body twinjet and its first airliner with a two-crew glass cockpit. Boeing 767 has two turbofan engines, a conventional tail, and, for reduced aerodynamic drag, a super-critical wing design. Designed as a smaller wide-body airliner than earlier aircraft such as the 747, the 767 has seating capacity for 181 to 375 people, and a design range of 3,850 to 6,385 nautical miles (7,130 to 11,825 km), depending on variant. The airplane has overall length of 61.40 m, wingspan 51.90 m and wing area 290.7 sq m.