Video: Sparks Fly as US Airways/Piedmont Airlines flight 4560 forced into belly landing at Newark Airport

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May 18, 2013

Wow! Some real life drama when a US Airways flight was forced into a belly landing due to a landing gear failure.

US Airways Belly Landing

A US Airways flight with 34 people aboard was forced to make a dramatic belly landing at Newark International Airport last night.

Terrified passengers managed to escape the plane unharmed after the plane’s pilot – named by witnesses as Edward Powers – performed a heroic emergency landing.

 

The video via YouTube – the Piedmont Airlines flight touches down at approximate 30 seconds in. That’s when the sparks start to fly – literally.

 

Video footage of the turboprop twin-engine plane coming down on the runway showed a dramatic shower of sparks flying from its underbelly as it scraped across the tarmac – however, miraculously no fire was started.

via Terrified passengers escape alive as US Airways flight makes belly landing at Newark airport after landing gear failed | Mail Online.

 More here:

Piedmont Airlines flight 4560, operating for US Airways from Philadelphia with 34 passengers and three crew members, landed safely at 1 a.m., and passengers were evacuated on the tarmac and transported to the terminal, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said in an email. Belly landings are unusual and dangerous because of the threat of fire from the plane fuselage skidding on a hard surface, according to aviation experts.



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