NTSB Identification: DCA98RA086
Incident occurred Thursday, September 10, 1998 in SHANGHAI, China
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-11, registration:
Injuries: 9 Minor,129 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On September 10, 1998, at 23:07 local time, a MD-11, operated as China Eastern Airlines flight MU 586, made an emergency landing at Shanghai, China. The airplane was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Shanghai to Beijing. Shortly after takeoff the flightcrew reported that the nose landing gear did not retract properly. They tried to cycle the gear but could not get a safe indication in either the extended or retracted position. After flying around for about 3 1/2 hours, they returned to the Shanghai airport where they made several "firm landings" on the main landing gear to try to free the nose landing gear. After this proved to be unsuccessful, they landed the airplane with the nose gear retracted. The airplane was significantly damaged and 6 passengers and 3 flight attendants out of the 120 passengers and 18 crewmembers suffered minor injuries during the emergency evacuation after the aircraft came to rest.

The investigation is being conducted by the Safety Office of the East China Administration of the CAAC of the government of People's Republic of China.

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