UPDATE 4 – Feb 28, 2012 10:00 PM EST:
Here are live Air Traffic Control recordings of the incident last night between Newark tower and and flight 5124. You’ll hear that the pilot does a fly-by so the airport can make a visual inspection to see if the nose gear was down (it wasn’t). He then comes around again and make the emergency landing:
Bravo to the pilot! Very cool and composed.
UPDATE 3 – Feb 27, 2012 11:00 PM EST:
Flight 5124 had to abort its first two approaches at Newark to runway 22L when the crew could not get confirmation that the nose gear had fully deployed. The crew landed the Embraer ERJ-170 on its third attempt and the nose gear failed. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
At this time Runway 22L is still closed.
UPDATE 2 – Feb 27, 2012 8:45 PM EST:
Here is a close-up photo of the United regional jet on the Newark runway. You can see the emergency foam on the runway…
UPDATE – Feb 27, 2012 8:00 PM EST:
Shuttle America flight 5124 (a United Regional partner) was the plane that made the emergency landing. The Embraer 170 had an issue with its front landing gear and it collapsed upon landing. The flight was from Atlanta and departed there at 3:47 PM.
An airliner has reportedly made a belly landing at Newark Airport (New Jersey) just shortly before 7:00 PM EST Monday night.
Early reports say the pilot was unable to lower the landing gear.
The passengers were evacuated via emergency chutes but there are no reports of injuries. Reports say there were 70 people on board.
Image: Twitter [twitter.com/richcutter]
Audio courtesy of liveatc.net