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JetBlue Plane With Landing Gear Problem Lands Safely

A JetBlue A320 with its front landing gear rotated 90 degrees landed safely (video available) at LAX after circling the airport for three hours.  The flight from Burbank to JFK was diverted nearly immediately after the pilots realized what had happened. Passengers were able to watch their own flight on the news on the in-plane TVs.  The pilot made a pretty amazing landing on its back wheels (a la the space shuttle) and all arrived safely.  An America West A320 had a similar problem several years ago and landed without incident.  JetBlue flies all new planes, so the age of the aircraft is not an issue (actually, the age of the aircraft is rarely an issue, but I thought I’d mention it anyway).

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  1. This may sound like a dumb question. But are all JetBlue planes A320s?
    I usually take the JFK to Long Beach flight,JFK to Portland and JFK to Ft. Lauderdale. And plan on using the new service from Newark to Ft. Lauderdale.

    Just curious about the safety of future flights with JetBlue, even though the occurences have been rare. That footage scared my quite a bit, and the possibility that it could have ended up much worse.

  2. Not a dumb question at all. Yes, as of right now, JetBlue only flies A320s. Starting late this year, they will add Embraer 190 jets to their fleet (they hold about 100 passengers). There’s nothing at all to be scared of on any US airline. While terrifying to see, it was a freak accident that the pilots handled well. As they say, you’re much safer in the air than you are in your car.