Emergency Landing in Newark: Plane Lands on Belly

The terrifying landing that shut down one of the country's busiest airports.
1:51 | 02/28/12

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Transcript for Emergency Landing in Newark: Plane Lands on Belly
We're gonna Begin with a terrifying landing that. Shut down -- the country's busiest airports a commuter plane skidded to a stop on its belly at Newark Airport on a runway covered in foam. You can see their passengers and crew forced to scramble Latin down emergency chutes. And as you're about to hear the comments change between pilot and tower only made the danger. Ever more surreal here's ABC's senior national correspondent Jim -- Harrowing moments captured in these images taken by passengers Shelley bell. -- the rescue shoot as passengers are still evacuating. Emergency crews at the ready. I felt a little bit of vibration and it -- -- that. A hissing noise -- we knew right away something was not rights. The first signs of distress aboard united express flight 5124. Come on approach -- the pilot attempting to land a new Jersey's Newark Airport. Notices the front landing gear will not drop. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Take your issue in Cuba -- check it out. The pilot asked to fly past the airport control tower. Or call -- -- -- fire operations at the those. But with 73 people on board in less than an hour's worth of fuel. The pilot displaying a steely sense of calm needs to land immediately. So our whole approach -- -- situation I would security -- -- Then radio silence as the pilots ease the plane down. Rear wheels first the -- sliding across the runway. It's about how to open the doors and think about -- -- going down the slide -- we hit. Hit the runway. As the plane skids to a stop this simple confirmation of a safe landing. All aboard safe for Good Morning America Jim Avila ABC news Washington.

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