38 Persons On Board, No Injuries Reported
A US Airways Express plane, operated by Piedmont Airlines, made
a successful emergency landing at Philadelphia International
Airport Sunday morning.
Originating in Allentown, PA, Piedmont Flight 4551 had 35
passengers and 3 crewmembers on board. On approach to PHL, the
pilots extended the landing gear, but did not get a down and locked
indication for the nose gear, the Associated Press reported.
An airport flyover confirmed the Dash-8's nose gear was not
down, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. Airport fire crews
then foamed the runway in preparation for the plane's touchdown. As
the plane skidded down the runway on its nose, there was no fire,
and no injuries were reported, Fox News said.
After landing, passengers were deplaned and shuttled to the
terminal by bus. The airport was closed for about 25 minutes,
Although the runway was closed until early afternoon, PHL's
three other runways remained open. The disruption of activity
caused up to three-hour delays of some incoming flights, according
to airport officials.
US Airways spokesman Morgan Durant said the cause of the problem
is under investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration and the
National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating, Lupica
Piedmont Airlines, Inc. operates as a US Airways Express carrier
and is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways, with 440 daily
departures to 55 cities throughout the eastern United States and
Canada. Their fleet consists of 55 deHavilland DHC-8 turbo prop