2010-09-29 / Features

Delta Makes Emergency Landing At JFK

The pilot and crew of Delta Airlines flight 4951, who made an emergency landing at JFK International Airport on September 25 are praised for keeping 60 passengers and crew calm and safe during the ordeal. No one was hurt when the jetliner skidded down the JFK tarmac after faulty landing gear forced the pilot to make the emergency landing, authorities said.

Passengers used cellphones to record images inside the aircraft as the pilot warned, “Brace for landing” and urged passengers to remain calm. A flight attendant could be heard shouting, “Heads down. Heads down” as the CRJ-900 twin-engine jetliner landed on the runway and slid to a stop leaning to its right side.

The flight was diverted to JFK at about 8 p.m. on Saturday evening when a light in the cockpit indicated that the right landing wheel would not come down. It appeared that the pilot balanced the jet on the left wheel and then slowly eased it onto the right wing to slow it down, authorities said.

Firefighters and other responders rushed to the jet in moments after the landing, evacuating passengers and taking them to JFK’s Terminal 3, a Port Authority spokesperson said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) arrived at the scene shortly after the passengers were evacuated. 

–Liz Goff


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