Hydraulic failure EIN11EA, forced landing at JFK

EIN11EA lost one of its hydraulic systems shortly after departure from JFK. The flight went into a hold at CCC VOR for about 30 minutes and then returned to JFK.

The flight landed at a slightly higher than normal speed resulting in overheating of the main landing gear brakes. The leaking hydraulic fluid ignited on the starboard landing gear but the fire was quickly put out by emergency crews. The aircraft came to a stop on the runway and could not immediately be moved. The passengers were deplaned on the runway.

Have a listen to this ATC recording and pay attention to how the pilot reported this technical issue. Why do you think the plane was put into a holding pattern instead of immediately landing? Have you ever encountered a technical issue in your professional duties – if so, how did you report and communicate it.

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