Wed, Sep 21, 2005
JetBlue A320 Circles to Burn Fuel, Find Answers
ANN REAL-TIME NEWS: 2138 EDT -- The end of flight 292 on
Wednesday was what the space crowd would call
"nominal." When it was over, fire trucks encircled a
JetBlue Airbus A320 on the runway at Los Angeles International
Airport Monday after the flight crew made a remarkable emergency
landing -- their nosegear cocked at a 90-degree angle to the
fuselage of the aircraft.
The aircraft, Flight 292 from Burbank, CA, to JFK, NY, diverted
to Los Angeles International Airport as its dilemma was carried
live on television around the world. After circling for almost two
hours, the crew went ahead with their approach, making a
The flight crew landed on the mains, putting
the damaged nosegear squarely on the center line.
As the aircraft slowed, the tires began to smoke as
they were eroded by runway contact, then burst, igniting brilliant
plumes of flame as each tire blew. Yet, the aircraft continued on
the centerline, without deviation, until it came to a stop.
Directional control appeared to be a non-issue as the flight crew
did what appeared to be an exceptional job of maintaining control
of the roll-out.
The landing was so remarkably contolled that the
passengers were allowed to disembark by a portable stairway instead
of down the emergency slides.
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