Incredible Video Of JetBlue Plane Landing Without Nose Gear

There’s a pretty incredible video of a JetBlue Embraer 190 landing without a nose gear yesterday.

Per The Aviation Herald, this occurred on JetBlue flight 29, from Washington National to Nassau. On approach the crew received an indicator that the nose gear wasn’t extended and locked, which caused them to go around. They did a low approach (so that people on the ground could visually spot what was going on), and found out that the nose gear was almost entirely in the wheel well.

Unable to resolve the issue, they made an emergency landing, keeping the nose gear up as long as possible, so that the impact for the front of the aircraft would be as slow as possible.

Here’s a video of the landing, along with emergency services safely evacuating the plane:

Kudos to the pilots, who clearly the pilots did a fantastic job.

This isn’t the first time a JetBlue plane has had “exciting” landings involving the nose gear.

Back in 2005, a JetBlue plane landed at LAX with the forward nose gear being stuck, which made for one hell of a landing to watch live:

It’s incredible to see the sparks coming from the forward wheel, and that by the time the plane stopped almost all of the rubber of the tire had been burnt off.

(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

Comments

  1. wow those pilots have some serious skills to keep the nose up for that long. Too bad the video wasn’t from a better angle.

  2. @Credit: it´s a combination of speed and flaps, lower speeds tend to bring the nose down which is what we usually want in a landing, but not here. They can pull up a little but after a certain speed the nose definitely comes down. The idea is getting to a very low speed where the consequences of the impact would be minimal.

  3. Not only was the LAX landing something to watch (live on national TV) but the passengers on the plane could also watch it on their DirectTV screens. Imagine yourself in those seats!

  4. @nacho 777

    Thanks. I suspected it had to do with speed and the wing flaps. Curious I Googled and read up about flares when landing. Interesting indeed.

  5. Excellent job by everyone involved. Yet, I am surprised that they did not divert to FLL or MCO where JB has replacement aircraft and prob better maintenance bases instead of having a plane stuck in Nassau, Bahamas.

  6. I was onboard having a shower at the time while crew were clearing my bedlinen in preparation for landing.
    It was most inconvenient when the shower stopped and had some crazy FA banging on the door ‘tutti fruits’ get back to your seat.

  7. I think it was a good landing, but this is what the pilot trains to do, this is his job now. Planes almost take off and land without any pilot touching the controls. A pilot is there to take over when things go wrong, they could basically sleep the entire flight and the plane would land itself, nice to see everyone safe but that’s what pilots do!

  8. @Credit

    It’s a combination of two things:
    1. The center of gravity of the aircraft is near the main landing gear. This is how the nose gear can be lighter and smaller than the main gear, and support much less weight.
    2. Even if there is no longer enough airflow over the wings to support lift (i.e. after landing and slowing), there is still enough airflow over the elevators to control pitch for a little while. This is because the airplane is mostly balanced over the main landing gear and it only needs a slighter nudge in force to keep the nose up. This control decreases as the plane slows further until the excess weight forward of the main landing gear exceeds the lift provided by the elevators.

  9. Good thing it wasn’t a main landing gear… Looks like a hydraulic extension failure as opposed to a lock failure. Shoddy maintenance 80% of the time. Unfortunately it’s one component that gets overseen by the maintenance crews most frequently.

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