Emergency Belly Landing at Newark Airport: Watch Pilot Edward Powers Land US Airways Flight Without Landing Gear [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on May 18, 2013 2:29 PM EDT

An emergency belly landing was performed at Newark International Airport when a US Airways plane failed to deploy its landing gear. Thankfully, the 34 people aboard the flight were unharmed.

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According to reports, the Philidelphia-to-Newark US Airways Express Flight 4560 suffered from malfunctioning landing gear. Desperately circling the runway, pilot Edward Powers committed multiple attempts to get the landing gear down but realized the wheels would only partially deploy. Eventually, Powers decided the only option was to raise the gear back up to commit an emergency belly land. Raising the gear back up for a smooth belly lowered the chances of vectoring the plane off the airstrip.

Further preparing the belly land, Powers continued to minimize the chance of catastrophe by circling over the airport in order to use as much fuel as possible so that the risk of fire is lowered when the belly landing is performed.

Sparks underneath the plane flew up in the air like rooster tails as the bellow of US Airways Express Flight 4560 skidded along the asphalt. Eventually, ground crews rushed to the stopped plane and cooled the frictioned hot metal with foam. No fire was started.

Passengers were evacuated from the floored airplane via shuttle bus but not before a couple took pictures to post on the internet.

"The landing of the aircraft on the ground safely is testament to how well our crews are trained," praised a US Airways spokesperson. "They are trained to think quickly and assess the situation and act with the utmost professionalism.'

According to a US Airways spokesperson, the airline is working with the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct an investigation to understand the nature of the problem.

There has been no reported disruption at the airport although one runway remains closed as investigations continue.

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