NEWARK, N.J. (The Blaze/AP) — Newark Liberty Airport has reopened after a United Express flight from Atlanta made an emergency landing, forcing an hour-long shutdown.
Authorities say Flight 5124 landed around 6:20 p.m. Monday, shortly after the pilot was approaching the airport to land as scheduled and noticed a landing gear problem — the front wheel of the plane would not fully come down.
“That nose gear is not down,” the air traffic controller says on audio recordings. “You got no nose gear… Door might have opened. Saw a little bump.”
“Even if you see that nose wheel down, we’re not going to know it’s completely down and locked,” the pilot adds. “I would like to go ahead and declare an emergency at this time. And request fire rescue when we get there, assuming we stop on the runway.”
There were no reports of injuries among the 71 people aboard.
Newark firefighters were called to the scene, but found no smoke or fire aboard the plane.
A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the airport was closed shortly after the landing. Two of the airport’s three runways reopened about an hour later.