Officials react after FedEx plane makes emergency landing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Officials react after FedEx plane makes emergency landing

"X" marks the runway where planes cannot land at Memphis International after the landing gear collapsed upon touchdown on a FedEx MD-10, inbound from Seattle. 

"It was breathtaking and I'm just glad everybody got out alive," said Lois Edwards, who witnessed the fiery landing.
    
The accident caused a traffic jam when emergency crews stopped cars around Airways Boulevard and Shelby Drive late Friday morning
    
No one was injured, but now it's up to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to figure out why this happened.  They have determined what sent a plume of black smoke into the air. 

"It was actually a grass fire started by sparks from the airplane, rather than a fire on board the airplane itself," said Les Door of the FAA.
    
The NTSB and FAA sent in several agents from D.C. and Atlanta to investigate.  FAA reps will listen to the data and flight recorders to get a clearer picture of what happened.  They'll also pull air traffic control tapes. 

"Our investigators also want to see if there are any kind of safety issues that we might need to address with some type of safety action," Door added.
    
NTSB investigators will document what went wrong, take photos, draw diagrams and look at specific equipment on the plane.  Meanwhile, one of Memphis International's four runways is shut down and passengers are urged to check for delays.
    
The MD-10 is a freight plane and all FedEx mail on board will be held until the NTSB releases the cargo.  A FedEx spokesperson says that none of the freight on board is damaged.  Call (800) GO-FEDEX or log on to fedex.com to find out if your package is delayed.

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