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    Airplane over Long Beach with landing gear problem

    A Jet Blue airliner unsuccessfully attempted to make an emergency landing Wednesday after its front wheels were turned sideways and unable to retract into the plane after takeoff from a nearby airport.



    The plane carrying 139 passengers left Burbank Airport at 3:17 p.m. for New York's JFK airport, said Jet Blue spokesman Bryan Baldwin.

    Jet Blue flight 292 was circling the Long Beach Airport, about 30 miles south of Burbank, as the pilot and aviation officials tried to determine what the best solution was. The Airbus A320 was dumping fuel over the Pacific, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Donn Walker.

    TV images showed the nose wheel turned perpendicular. Its back landing gear was also down but appeared to be in the correct position.

    "After leaving Burbank, pilots reported a landing gear indication light on, meaning there may be a problem or issue with the landing gear," Baldwin said.

    The crew then decided to return to an airport to attempt to land, he said. The pilots were "able to determine the problem with assistance from air traffic control."

    Walker said dumping fuel would help the plane land.

    "They can't be that heavy," Walker said.
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    Watching this on the news right now. They say that they still have another hour's worth of fuel to dump before they want to try bringing her down. All the networks are locked onto this thing.

    EDIT: OKay, they're gonna try to land it in 12 minutes. Current local time is 5:48 pm.
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    Larry King just asked "is this thing helped by perfect weather?"
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    They just touched down. PERFECT LANDING.
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    Live video - seems to have landed...
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    Wow, I just saw the landing. Great work by the pilot(s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 79th and Sunset
    Wow, I just saw the landing. Great work by the pilot(s).
    ditto, they deserve a HUUUUUUUUGE pat on the back.

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    that pilot and crew deserve something . one helluva job landing intact........

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    Quote Originally Posted by 79th and Sunset
    Wow, I just saw the landing. Great work by the pilot(s).
    Just saw it myself. Indeed great work.

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    Some intense moments with all the sparks flying from the landing gear, and I was really concerned the stick that remained of the nose gear was going to collapse and crush everyone standing underneath the plane about 10 minutes after landing, but it all seems to have turned out in the best possible manner.

    Mad, mad kudos to the pilots and crew. Outstanding work!
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    I saw the star of this story just before I went to bed last night. Glad it all turned out ok. The pilot and crew deserve a HUGE pat on the back.. great landing.
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    id like to meet the pilot that landed that. perfect landing and noone hurt- fucking awesome!!!
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    Nice job, pilots and crew!!!!
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    SIMPLY AMAZING. Saw the replay on Larry King last night.
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    Here's the follow up on this:


    Passengers saw landing drama unfold on TV

    Thursday, September 22, 2005; Posted: 9:38 a.m. EDT (13:38 GMT)

    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- The airliner circled Southern California for hours, crippled by a faulty landing gear, while inside its cabin 140 passengers watched their own life-and-death drama unfolding on live television.

    While satellite TV sets aboard JetBlue Flight 292 were tuned to news broadcasts, some passengers cried. Others tried to telephone relatives and one woman sent a text message to her mother in Florida attempting to comfort her in the event she died.

    "It was very weird. It would've been so much calmer without" the televisions, Pia Varma of Los Angeles said after the plane skidded to a safe landing Wednesday evening in a stream of sparks and burning tires. No one was hurt.

    Varma, 23, and other passengers said the plane's monitors carried live DirectTV broadcasts on the plane's problems until just a few minutes before landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

    The landing gear trouble -- the front wheels were stuck in a sideways position -- was discovered almost immediately after the plane departed Bob Hope Airport in Burbank at 3:17 p.m., en route to New York City.

    The Airbus A320 circled the Long Beach Airport, about 30 miles south of Burbank, before being cleared to land at Los Angeles. It stayed in flight for three hours to burn off fuel, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Donn Walker.

    Zachary Mastoon of New York said it was "surreal" to watch his plane's fate being discussed on live TV while it was in the air. At one point, he said, he tried to call his family, but his cell phone call wouldn't go through.

    "I wanted to call my dad to tell him I'm alive so far," the 27-year-old musician said.

    The pilot finally brought the plane down, back wheels first. As he slowly lowered the nose gear, the stuck wheels erupted in smoke and flames, which quickly burned out.

    "At the end it was the worst because you didn't know if it was going to work, if we would catch fire. It was very scary. Grown men were crying," said Diane Hamilton, 32, a television graphics specialist.

    As the plane was about to touch the ground, Hamilton said crew members ordered people to assume a crash position, putting their heads between their knees.

    "They would yell, "Brace! Brace! Brace!"' she said. "I thought this would be it."

    Lisa Schiff, 34, of Los Angeles sent a text message to her mother in Miami that said: "I love you. Don't worry about me. If something happens, know that I am watching you and Daddy and (her brother) David."

    Emergency crews from across the area met the plane on the runway. Spectators gathered on buildings and stood on parked cars to see firsthand as passengers walked down a stairway onto the tarmac with their carry-on luggage.

    Some passengers shook hands with emergency workers and waved to cameras. One firefighter carrying a boy across the tarmac put his helmet on the child's head.

    "We all cheered, I was bawling, I cried so much," said Christine Lund, 25, who was traveling with her cat.

    She and the other passengers were taken by bus from the tarmac to the airport's international terminal.

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who spoke with the pilot, identified him as Scott Burke and praised him for the calm he showed during the flight.

    "He joked that he was sorry he put the plane down 6 inches off the center line," Villaraigosa said.

    Ann Decrozals, an Airbus spokeswoman at the aircraft manufacturer's headquarters in France, said the A320 was designed to be able to land with front wheel problems.

    JetBlue spokeswoman Jenny Dervin said the airline was investigating the incident with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board. She declined to identify the pilot and first officer.

    About 57 of the passengers were placed on another flight, which arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport at 6:05 a.m. EDT Thursday, said airline spokeswoman Sharon Jones. Others were put up in Los Angeles area hotels and given reservations for Thursday flights. Still others simply returned home.

    Among the latter group was Varma, who was greeted by her parents at the terminal.

    "It started out just being a ghastly birthday, but now it's just fabulous, " said her father, Anil, who turned 51 on Wednesday.

    JetBlue, based in New York, is a five-year-old low-fare airline with 286 flights a day and destinations in 13 states and the Caribbean. It operates a fleet of 81 A320s.
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