Delta flight makes emergency landing at JFK, no injuries
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Delta Airlines flight 4951 made a safe emergency landing at JFK International Airport in New York City yesterday after the aircraft's right landing gear failed. There were 64 passengers and crew members aboard as well as 3,000 gallons of flammable fuel.
The pilot maintained composure as he radioed air traffic control. He reported “The right gear is stuck up. The other two are down”. When asked which runway he wanted to land on, he stated “Whichever one would be better for you all.” They settled on Runway 31 Right.
Flight crew members prepped passengers for the emergency landing by telling them “heads down stay down!” in the crash position. The captain told them to brace for impact over the intercom.
Rescuers on the ground feared the worst on account of the 3,000 gallons of flammable fuel. As the plane landed, sparks flew from the righthand side but the plane did not catch fire.
All 64 people were shuttled safely from the aircraft to the airport.
- "Delta flight makes safe emergency landing in NYC" — Associated Press, September 26, 2010
- Michael Daly. "Pilot keeps his cool, gets all 64 passengers and crew aboard Delta Flight 4951 down safely" — New York Daily News, September 26, 2010