Passengers on Delta flight 4951 experienced a scare when the plane, bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport was forced to make a without its right wheel. The landing gear had failed. The pilot said flight attendants told 64 passengers to “prepare for the worst," but the plane landed – sparks flying – on the runway and no one was hurt. Passengers erupted in applause.
Kiran Chetry with "American Morning" talked exclusively with passengers Chase Benzenberg and Alessandro Albero who shot video of the emergency landing.
Alessandro Albero: The first indication [of equipment malfunction] was while we were circling Westchester airport. We circled for a good 20 minutes. We were joking around with each other saying I don't know if he knows where the landing strip is. And then they made the announcement on the loud speaker.
Kiran Chetry: What did they say?
Chase Benzenberg: They said we're going to be making an emergency landing. They didn't really have many details except there was no landing gear. So we're envisioning belly slide the whole way with sparks, but they came out later and said it was only the right rear landing gear that came down so it'd be hitting the wing.
Chetry: And what did it feel like to land?
Albero: Landing was actually quite smooth. The pilot did a wonderful job. We came down and, you know, the plane tipped slightly and the sparks came out. You guys saw the video. It was pretty intense. But they did a wonderful job.
Chetry: You know, it was funny – if there can be anything funny in this heart-stopping situation - you clearly heard the flight attendant. You could hear the stress in her voice, stay down, heads down. Clearly you guys weren't listening.
Benzenberg: Well, we tried to follow directions. But she actually made it more intense than I think it was. But that's what the right thing to do in that situation is though so you don't bang your head. We didn't know what to expect, if we were going to flip or anything. So [we're] following directions at that point while filming, as well.
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