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21 September 2005 @ 10:59 pm
JetBlue Airways Flight 292  

JetBlue Airways Flight 292 on television station KCAL.

The Story



On September 21, 2005, JetBlue Airways Flight 292 carrying 139 passengers and 6 crew, which departed from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California at 3:17pm PST (UTC-8) scheduled to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport, experienced a nose gear malfunction which forced it to make an emergency landing. Currently it is burning fuel and planning to make a landing at Los Angeles International Airport. At 6:20, it came to a stop without incident on runway 25L. Passengers began to depart almost 7 minutes later.

The nose gear of the plane, though down and locked, was found tilted 90 degrees to the left. Air traffic controllers told the pilots of the problem and indicated to them to prepare for an emergency landing.

Agence France-Presse reported the aircraft flew low over Long Beach airport to allow officials to take stock of the damage to its landing gear before attempting a possibly-dangerous landing. Emergency services and fire engines were standing by on the tarmac ahead of the landing. The Airbus can carry up to 156 passengers, was diverted back to the Los Angeles area shortly after setting out on its 5000km transcontinental journey. Local news reports said the pilot was dumping the load of fuel intended for the five-hour journey before attempting to land in order to lower the risk of fire. An aviation expert, Barry Shiff, told the local KCAL-TV television station that the wheels could either straighten on landing or snap off the front landing gear. But he said it was unlikely that the stomach-churning emergency landing would pose a major threat to the passengers and crew on board.

This aircraft is an Airbus A320-232, N536JB, named Canyon Blue built in 2002.

JetBlue Airways has live in-flight entertainment provided by DirecTV, however passengers reported that the in-flight television had been switched off for the duration of the flight.

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