Early this morning, a US Airways plane with 34 people aboard had to land without any landing gear at Newark Airport. The turboprop plane arrived safely at 1 a.m.
According to WABC 7, the flight, which had 31 passengers and three crew members, was a flight from Philadelphia operated by Piedmont Airlines: "Officials say the gear came down only partially"—the Post says the pilot noticed only one came down—"and the plane circled Newark in a holding pattern while dumping fuel and working on the gear. After several failed, the pilot decided to pull the gear back and land the plane on its belly."
There were sparks from the landing and firefighters sprayed foam on the plane. There were no injuries. Why belly land? The Post says the pilot wanted to "[lower] the chances of the plane veering off the runway." The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.