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)