No Injuries as Plane Touches Down at Chicago O’Hare Without Front Landing Gear
Photo courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago
Continuing a pattern of airliner landing gear problems this week, GoJet Airlines flight 3645, operating as United Express was forced to land at Chicago O’Hare without the front landing gear deployed Saturday.
Originating from Grand Rapids Mich., and scheduled to land in Chicago at 3:30 p.m., trouble was apparent to the O’Hare control tower before landing. NBC Chicago reported than an operator was recorded saying, “I see two main gears, the nose gear is not down. I repeat is not down."
Talking to ABC 7 Chicago, passenger Jim Petzing said the pilot announced that the plane's front wheels would not deploy and to brace for landing.
"Babies were crying, the woman in front of me was sick to her stomach and then we landed on the two wheels in the middle of the plane," Petzing said. But then as we went down the runway, the plane tips forward then we dragged a little. I was worried that we'd, you know, flip over, but the pilot did an amazing job."
Upon landing, the nose of the plane skidded on the runway, but as the plane came to a stop, there were no injuries among the 40-plus passengers. "The back end went down smoothly, the front end without the landing gear was metal on cement," passenger Scott Frody told NBC Chicago. "The pilot came out, and everybody -- just applause, clapped for him."
The cause of the non-deployment is under investigation.
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