United Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Newark Airport

Landing Gear Malfunction Leads To 69 Passengers Evacuated By Inflated Chutes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Investigators remained on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport late Monday night trying to figure out what happened to United Airlines Express Flight 1524 in the crucial moments before landing.

Something was clearly wrong with the plane, which had taken off from Atlanta. Its landing gear got stuck and was unable to deploy. The pilot was left with no choice but to land the plane on its nose, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

“I would like to go ahead… at this time,” the pilot is heard saying on air traffic control recordings.

1010 WINS Reporter Al Jones spoke with passengers…

It was a harrowing time for all 69 passengers on board, including an infant and four crew members. It was just after 6 p.m. when the pilot noticed a landing gear indicator light was on. The pilot requested a flyby to make sure it was actually stuck, and then made an emergency landing. The passengers exited the aircraft by inflatable chutes and no injuries were reported.

Other air travelers had to circle, or otherwise wait and watch on the tarmac.

“It looked in trouble, tilted down close to the ground,” said Mary Ann Strandell of North Bergen, N.J.

All the runways at the airport were closed for about an hour. There were no arrivals and no departures as Newark Airport stayed at a standstill. Travelers were delayed with little explanation, except for a few announcements that something was wrong.

“Said there was an emergency landing, sit here for a couple of hours, but it was probably and hour till we got to the gate,” said Katherine Baron of Somerset, N.J.

Newark firefighters were dispatched to the scene, but found no smoke or fire aboard the plane. The entire airport was closed shortly after the landing occurred, but two runways reopened around 7:15 p.m.

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  • Lucas

    Shuttle America is the only profiting regional carrier currently. They have been around since the 80’s and have never gone out of business. They fly the larger passenger friendly jets that are similar to a 737.

    • susan

      do a little research on shuttle america..it is a regional feeder for united and was in bankruptcy in 2001, then purchased by us air holdings.. they did not start in the 80’s either.but in the 90’s..the jets they fly are not the same size as a 737, but are embraers.they are small jets..i am not being argumentative, but since you chose to correct me, i looked up the information again..i was merely trying to answer the question posed by the person who had never heard of them!!!

      • sarah

        shuttle is not a stand alone regional carrier. they are an arm of republic airways holdings (RJET) and operate in concert with republic airlines, chautauqua, and frontier. shuttle america flies the embraer 170/175 series for united and delta, and can seat up to 99 passengers. the other branches of the company fly for other airlines, as well as frontier, which is their owned low-cost carrier purchased a few years ago and merged with midwest. the aircraift types flown by the entire company are all embraers (135/145/170/175/190) save for the airbus planes that came with the frontier acquisition.

      • Lucas

        No they were not bought by us airways. Google them and get your info straight. And I was implying that the e170 is similar to a 737 in size and design. You classify smaller jets as CRJ!s. Also all airlines have filled protection but that is not going out of business. Also republic airways owner of shuttle America started in the late 70’s. Just curious where you get your info?

        • susan

          googleing and wikipedia..maybe we looked at different website. enough already..have a nice day..

  • susan

    shuttle america is a regional feeder carrier that feeds delta and united airlines..they operate the small regional jets and have gone in and out of business a few times…

    • Greg

      “The flight operated by United Airlines…”

  • Bullett

    Never heard of them. Are they another start up gypsy airline?

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