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Brace for Impact': Sparks Fly as Pilot Makes Emergency Landing in NYC


"As far was we know the gear is stuck up."

NEW YORK (The Blaze/AP) — Federal transportation officials are investigating what caused the landing gear on a New York-bound flight to malfunction, sending sparks flying as the plane careened down a runway with one of its wings dragging along the tarmac.

Port Authority Spokesman Steve Coleman says no one was hurt Saturday evening when Delta Connection Flight 4951, operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, made its emergency landing at Kennedy Airport on its way to White Plains, N.Y., from Atlanta.

Video captured by a passenger and shown on the Daily News website shows a tensely quiet cabin in the seconds before the words "brace for impact" came over the jet's loudspeaker. After the warning, a flight attendant can be heard yelling "heads down, stay down" again and again.

TheDaily News also obtained a transcript of the conversation between the pilot and air traffic control:

"We are making our approach," the pilot said.

"4951, it's been confirmed the gear is stuck up?" the tower asked.

"As far was we know the gear is stuck up," the pilot said.

The tower gave him some speed and altitude instructions.

"Tower, thanks for your help, 4951."

Atlantic Southeast Airlines spokesman Jarek Beem says the airline is working with federal authorities to investigate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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