Crushed avionics from a 737 nose wheel collapse

I have several pals that work on airplane avionics. Talking to one last week, he mentioned that he has a picture of what happens to the high-dollar avionics bay of a 737NG when the nose wheel folds back and collapses on landing.

737NG-avionics-bay-crushed

Ouch. This 737NG avionics bag got pretty well crushed when the nose gear folded up on landing.

Be glad your electronics was not in this mess. I guess this is a case of just taking out the whole rack and putting in a new one. It was nice that the collapsing electronics sort of cushioned the blow, and protected the airframe from a high-g impact.

My pal Jerry Alvarado (RIP) worked as a machinist for United up in San Francisco airport. He told me that they were constantly rebuilding nose gears, as the load when the plane drops onto it is pretty severe. I asked if they pushed him to rush out a job, and he said “No way, I can take as long as I need. Hey, our mothers ride on airplanes too.”

That was certainly comforting in this day of cutting corners and slapping things together.

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