NEWARK, N.J. — A commuter plane with 31 passengers aboard was forced to make an emergency belly landing in Newark, N.J., early Saturday morning when the aircraft’s landing gear failed to fully deploy.
After circling Newark Liberty International Airport several times trying to get the landing gear to move into normal position, the pilot successfully landed the plane with all the wheels retracted just after 1 a.m. local time.
No injuries were reported. Videos posted to YouTube and other websites by witnesses showed bright flashes and trails of sparks coming from the plane’s underside as it touched down.
“There was some sparks and smoke upon stopping on the runway, but no fire,” U.S. Airways spokesman Andrew Christie told the Los Angeles Times.
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