A small corporate plane was forced to land on the Philadelphia International Airport, after the pilot discovered that they had serious problems with the plane`s landing gear. The landing was somewhat difficult, given the fact that the pilot had to maneuver the plane in such a manner, so that it could land safely even without the nose landing gear.
The emergency landing was made although the plane was still in flyable condition, still the state of the plane was more than precarious and more vital systems might have malfunctioned along the way, thus making the landing even more dangerous than it already was.
Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said that the pilot became aware that something was not right with the landing gear right after the jet took off from Monmouth Executive Airport. The plane was initially bound for New Mexico, but for safety reasons, the pilot decided to force land the plane in Philadelphia.
The Hawker 400 plane that was forced landed is owned by a private corporation which is located in New Mexico and it will undergo thorough investigations which will be conducted by airport officials and engineers to figure out what went wrong with the plane`s landing gear.
Seeing as the pilot noticed that something was wrong with the landing gear of the plane right from the start he tried to get his theory checked out, so in order to get visual confirmation, he radioed the control tower from Philadelphia International Airport, asking them for permission to execute a flyby.
After the flyby, airport officials confirmed that the plane`s landing gear was collapsed and that an emergency landing is the right call to make.
After a bumpy landing, the plane skidded for a about 1,000 meters after which, it stopped safely. The airport fire crew was waiting around the airplane with trucks full of foam, in case the airplane caught fire. They sprayed precautionary foam on the plane,once it landed, but there was no fire danger.
Luckily, everyone got off the plane on their own feet and there was no need for further intervention. Five people were in the small corporate plane and they were all in good condition, albeit a bit shaken by the event they had just experienced.
The incident caused a 60 minute delay for all flights that were suppose to depart from Philadelphia International Airport and airport officials announced that the delay can very well extend over several more hours.
All the planes which were meant to fly to Philadelphia have received an emergency stop notice, meaning that they are held on the ground in their origin airports, until further notice from the FAA.
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