I’m not sure how this story didn’t initially get more media coverage, though it sure is alarming.
On June 21, 2018, a China Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-400 with four people onboard was performing a flight from Anchorage to Chicago, when it had quite an incident on landing. The plane was supposed to land on runway 10L, and performed a last minute go around due to a “deviation” on the runway.
The Aviation Herald has all the details of the incident:
The crew of another aircraft on the ground advised the aircraft had gone off the runway, a third crew advised tower the runway needed to be inspected. A runway inspection found debris on the runway, the windsock (WDI) to the left (north) of the runway between taxiway DD and N1 was found damaged, the runway was closed for about 50 minutes. In the meantime B-18711 positioned for another approach and landed safely on runway 09R about 25 minutes after the go around.
The FAA reported the flight touched down in the grass, went around and returned to land. None of the 4 occupants was injured, the aircraft sustained minor damage.
That might not sound that terrible, but check out this footage of the 747 landing at the airport, along with the air traffic control audio to go along with it:
When you consider that the plane actually touched down in the grass so close to several taxiing aircraft, this sure looks scary. Furthermore, as the plane climbs out, you can see the wings dipping left and then dipping right. I’m not sure if they didn’t have full control of the aircraft or what, but the climb out looks scary.
Thank goodness no one was hurt, and the pilots had enough speed to perform a go around, or else this could have ended differently.