Pilot Pulls Off Dramatic Landing On Newark-Poland Flight

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A LOT Boeing 767 from Newark, N.J. to Poland made an emergency landing Tuesday.

The plane carrying 220 passengers and 11 crew members took off from Newark Liberty Airport just before midnight.

The plane was forced to make a belly landing in Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin International airport after its landing gear failed to open.

Sparks flew as the 300,000 pound plane skidded on the runway — which had been doused with foam as a precaution.

The trip to Warsaw was uneventful until warning lights alerted the crew the landing gear was not deploying, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reports.

A Polish fighter jet did a fly-by and confirmed the landing gear had failed and the airport prepared for an emergency landing.

The plane circled Warsaw for 80 minutes — at one point dumping much of its fuel.

Then it came in for a flawless emergency landing.

Fire crews doused the engines and wings as a precaution as passengers and crew exited from the rear and ran to safety.

No serious injuries had been reported.

The airline said the mood on the plane was tense but calm during the ordeal and landing.

LOT is making psychologists available to passengers and crew.

The jet has been in service since 1997.

According to the Associated Press, the airport has been closed until 8 a.m. Wednesday.


One Comment

  1. Pedro says:

    Airport in Warsaw was 7 hours away, airport in Newark or JFK- 30 minutes. Think, man !

  2. Pedro says:

    According to numerous polish websites, the crew found out about the hydraulic system failure about 30 minutes after the takeoff . WHY in the hell, they kept going, instead of returning back to Newark after dumping

    1. ADAM says:


      1. matt says:

        what would they have gained by going back to Newark? They were already in the air, and no extra danger was present in the air. If they had gone back to Newark, the passengers would not have reached their destination. A lot of extra fuel would have been wasted, and much time spent circling the airport dumping fuel. As demonstrated by the flawless landing, The Polish airport was able to handle the situation. Flying back to Newark would have no safety benefit.

        1. Smith says:

          He would gain avoiding risk of more serious demage to the plane, and consequently, the possibility of crash. The sooner you stop operating demaged equipment, the better, my friend.

  3. TRACY says:

    my wife was on this flght and her opinions mirror “bullett’s” comments

  4. bullett says:

    I watched the CNN video of the emergency landing. Remarkable job of landing by the Captain & First Officer. The ground crew at Warsaw prepared by foaming the runway, which caused no sparks or fire when the aircraft landed. Hats off to everyone involved, especially when you have 220 passengers & 11 crew and no loss of lives.

Comments are closed.

More From CBS New York


Listen Live