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Emergency plane landing captured on video

Last night a plane from Atlanta made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York without part of its landing gear. The plane sent off a spray of sparks, and it was all captured on a phone's camera thanks to two passengers, Chase Benzenberg and Alessandro Albero.

The two men showed the footage to CNN's "American Morning." "We didn't know if there was going to be sparks flying through the window, an engine flying through," Benzenberg said.

The Atlantic Southeast Airlines Delta Connections flight was en route to White Plains, N.Y., with 64 people on board when the pilot realized the right landing gear was not descending. He announced the problem to the passengers and said they would be making an emergency landing at JFK. A stewardess instructs the passengers to "stay down, heads down," repeatedly through the video. The relief at the landing is palpable.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines is investigating the cause of the issue, spokesman Jarek Beem said in a phone interview. He said the airline was extremely proud of the crewmembers. "They did an exceptional job of following protocol to ensure the safety of our passengers."

By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
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Great video; I think they have a future in film. Just kidding!
I'm sure it was incredibly scary, but this happens often. No need to have them on TV, other than a slow news day

Posted by: hebe1 | September 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The video showed NOTHING. What a waste of time. Plus a thirty-second ad and then more time wasted with useless TV news intro nonsense. Sheesh(tm).

Posted by: xwagner | September 27, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Was the plane serviced by a NON-US maintenance outfit, by any chance?

Posted by: xwagner | September 27, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

As the two passengers are enjoying their new-found celebrity status, have they stopped to consider that they violated the FAA mandated requirement of no hand held electrical devices in use during the take-off or landing phase of flight?

Perhaps a gentle reminder from the FAA in the form of a fine or more appropriate, to outright ban them from access to air transportation in this country would get their attention!

Why is it OK for these two to only pay attention to some of the rules? Rules put in place for ALL of the passengers, not just theirs.

Posted by: Wingnut4 | September 27, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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