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New footage shows terrified passengers inside plane that landed without front landing gear

Katherine Sidnell

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New footage shows terrified passengers inside plane that landed without front landing gear

Featured Image Credit: WCNC Charlotte / WSOC

Less than 24 hours after a plane had to land without it's front landing gear, new footage of the incident has emerged.

The Delta plane had been travelling from Atlanta to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, when the two pilots had to declare an emerge an emergency onboard.

Although they made the miraculous landing on Wednesday morning (June 28), a new video, which was uploaded to WCNC Charlotte's Instagram page, shows terrified passengers bracing for impact.

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Taken by someone onboard, the short clip shows the aeroplane coming into over the North Carolina airport, making it’s final descent.

As the camera scrolls around the cabin, passengers have their hands placed on the head rests before them and try to cover their faces as they sit in the brace position.

Despite being in the midst of an emergency, you can hear the person recording calmly explaining that they are trying to adjust their camera phone settings before we hear their shock over the surprisingly smooth landing.

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“That wasn’t bad, at all,” they say, before another asks 'where's the wheel'.

"I don't know." they reply.

Even more alarmingly, the entirety of the plane’s front landing gear had failed to open upon landing – effectively causing it to nose dive onto Runway 36.

Flight attendants informed passengers of the situation and, according ABC News, passengers said that the landing was 'smooth' even though they were warned to brace for a ‘rough touchdown’.

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At the time, two pilots, 96 passengers and three stewards were onboard, but amazingly no injuries were reported.

The passengers anxiously brace themselves for impact in the new clip. Credit: WCNC Charlotte / WSOC
The passengers anxiously brace themselves for impact in the new clip. Credit: WCNC Charlotte / WSOC

Following the landing, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) said: “[The runway] is closed following a mechanical issue with Delta Air Lines... The Airport is working to remove the aircraft and reopen the runway."

Delta later shared a statement with UNILAD, saying: “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people.

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"While this is a rare occurrence, Delta flight crews train extensively to safely manage through many scenarios and flight 1092 landed safely without reported injuries.

"We apologize to our customers for their experience.”

In an update tweet, CLT airport said: “Runway 18R/36L is currently closed following a mechanical issue with Delta Air Lines. No injuries reported. Passengers returned to the terminal. The Airport is working to remove the aircraft and reopen the runway.”

They later confirmed that the aircraft had been 'removed' from the runway and and the inspection 'was complete', with the runway having been reopened.

Topics: News, Travel, US News

Katherine Sidnell
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