NEW YORK — With a flight attendant yelling "heads down, stay down," passengers cowered and prayed on a tense descent into John F. Kennedy International Airport as malfunctioning landing gear sent sparks flying and left one of the plane's wings dragging along the tarmac.
No one was hurt Saturday evening when Delta Connection Flight 4951, operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, made an emergency landing on its way to White Plains, N.Y., from Atlanta, said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman.
Video captured by a passenger and shown on the website of the Daily News shows a tensely quiet cabin in the seconds before the words "brace for impact" came over the jet's loudspeaker.
The right gear of the plane was stuck and would not deploy, the pilot told air traffic control, according to a recording monitored by the newspaper and captured on LiveATC.net, a website devoted to controller talk.
"The wing was just scraping along the ground," passenger Carol Otto told the Journal News.
All 60 passengers exited safely onto the tarmac and were bused to the terminal, said Atlantic Southeast Airlines spokesman Jarek Beem. The airline was working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the issue.