Pilot Who Belly-Landed Newark Jet Identified
Pilots will speak publicly Thursday
A United Airlines Airbus 319 sits on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport after making an emergency landing in Newark, N.J., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. Landing gear problems force the flight to make an emergency landing. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, said all 53 people aboard Flight 634 from Chicago were safely evacuated, and no injuries were reported.
The pilots union for United Airlines has identified the men who successfully landed a plane without part of the landing gear in Newark, N.J.
The pilots are Capt. Dale Nordhausen and 1st Officer John Eskuri. Neither returned phone messages left on Wednesday.
Nordhausen told the New York Post that he's happy everyone on the flight was OK.
The union says the pilots will speak publicly Thursday at the union office in Rosemont.
One of the plane's main landing struts did not come down, so the crew landed without it. The plane's belly struck the runway and the right wing was damaged, but no one was hurt.
Published at 5:22 PM CST on Jan 13, 2010
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