– U.S. & World – JetBlue Flight Makes Emergency Landing – U.S. & World – JetBlue Flight to Attempt ‘Soft Landing’ After Landing Gear Jams

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

LOS ANGELES — A JetBlue (search) airliner with its front landing gear stuck sideways landed safely Wednesday, balancing on its back wheels as it slowed on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

As the front wheels touched the runway, flames shot along the tarmac and the tires tore off, leaving the metal gear scraping the runway for the final few yards.

The pilots of Flight 292 had discovered the problem as they tried to retract the plane’s landing gear shortly after leaving Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport (search) bound for New York, said JetBlue spokesman Bryan Baldwin.

With 139 passengers on board, the plane circled the Los Angeles area for three hours as the pilots burned off fuel and officials tried to determine how to bring the plane in safely.

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