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.