Emergency Belly-Landing at Newark Airport

Pilot forced to land plane without the use of landing gear.
2:32 | 05/18/13

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A frightening scene caught on camera as a passenger plane made an emergency leading at newark airport overnight without its landing gear. Sparks seen shooting from the plane as the pilot was forced to make a belly landing at one of the nation's largest airports with dozens of passengers on board. Abc's lisa stark is here with the details. Lisa how common are emergency landings like this one? Reporter: Bianna, they aren't uncommon. Piles can prepare for them in the simulator although they always look very dramatic and obviously you'd rather land with your landing gear. Let's take a look at what happened last night. It was at newark at 1:00 in the morning this pilot coming in for a dramatic landing. You can see srks were flying. The pilot did a great job keeping that turboprop on the runway and the wings level. Fire and rescue crews were standing by. They immediately foamed the runway, foamed that plane to make sure there was no fire. 31 passengers on board, three crew members, everyone, everyone got out safely. Us airways flight coming from philadelphia, it had taken off about 10:50 in the evening. It was supposed to be just a short hop to newark. The pilot finanding gear is not working. The pilots then circle the tower for awhile while controllers and the crew tried to trouble shoot and reports now that the pilots decided, okay, we got to get all this landing gear up if we can't get it all down and come in on our belly. That's exactly what they did. That plane apparently still on the runway. These pictures taken just moments ago. They're going to move it off the runway and what cording to us airways investigators with the national transportation safety board already on the scene there trying to figure out just what went wrong with this plane. That's right, the ntsb busy at work this morning. But how prepared are pilots for this type of situation and how did this pilot manage to land the plane without any injuries to the passengers? Reporter: Well, the pilot did a great job. They are somewhat prepared for this. They can practice this in the simulator. You may remember back in 2005 there was a really scary incident down at l.A.X. Airport in los angeles where a jetblue came in with its landing gear crooked. It was actually in the wrong position, sparks were flying there too. Everyone landed safely. Got out safely. I remember pilots telling me at that time, look, it looks really dramatic but we really do prepare for this. Those are some very fortunate passengers this morning, all right, lisa, thank you very much. Great to see you.

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