Transcript for Airplane Makes Emergency Landing Minutes After Takeoff
To that emergency landing overnight, a flight from new York to Ireland forced to turn around minutes after taking off, problems with the landing gear sparking a fire in the brakes. ABC's David Kerley is at Reagan national airport with the latest. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, robin. It was an important system on the 757 that started leaking and pilots knew that landing was not going to be Normal. Soon after its sunset takeoff from JFK to Ireland, the aer lingus crew knew something was wrong, a leak, that meant the pilots didn't have full control over the wing flaps and landing doors so the return to JFK with 115 on board would be hot, faster than Normal. When they touched down, trouble. Rescue 1, sir, we have a confirmed fire. It just looked like a sci-fi movie. Both of your main gears are smoking at this time. Reporter: The waiting fire trucks immediately doused the brakes and helped passengers onto buses. He said this was something they practice every six months in a simulator but this was the first time that he had ever done this in real -- in a real situation. Reporter: And that pilot is getting a lot of praise from those passengers. They thought it was a little bumpy landing but thought he did a great job. The FAA is investigating why that hydraulic system on a 757 started leaking. I bet they are. Thanks very much.
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