Airplane Lands With No Landing Gear at Newark; No Injuries or Fatalities
A de Havilland Dash 8-100 aircraft operated by Piedmont Airlines as US Airways flight 4560 intentionally landed on runway 04L at Newark International Airport late last night with its landing gear retracted as the result of a mechanical issue with the left-hand main gear, sliding on its belly with sparks flying until it stopped.
At approximately 6:30 this morning — while as a passenger of a flight which originated in San Diego on an airplane operated by United Airlines which landed at Newark International Airport —FlyerTalk member PaceLaw2012 looked out the window and “saw a US Dash 8 on its belly surrounded by emergency vehicles and with 2 cranes and slings around it. As we taxiied past it I could see What looked like abrasive damage to the port nacelle and fuselage.”
None of the 34 people aboard the aircraft were injured or killed. The airport was temporarily closed while the 31 passengers were evacuated and bused safely to the terminal.
Newark was the intended destination for the short 35-minute flight, which originated in Philadelphia. The aircraft circled the airport as the pilot reportedly attempted numerous times to get the landing gear down while burning off fuel before executing the emergency landing.
The incident involving the twin-turboprop aircraft is currently under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
This video report is courtesy of NBC News: