US AIRWAYS PLANE FROM PHL MAKES HARD LANDING AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
TAMPA, FL -- A US Airways flight gave its passengers quite a scare after making a hard landing as it touched down at Tampa International Airport Saturday afternoon.
The Boeing 737 sat on Tampa International Airport's Bayside runway, near the airport entrance road, for most of the afternoon, after the plane's front tires blew on touchdown. The hard impact caused the front landing gear to collapse.
The aircraft's nose sat inches from the tarmac as passengers were de-planed at the rear of the aircraft.
Flight 1241 took off from Philadelphia just before noon today.
"We heard a boom and we saw sparks shooting by the window and the whole plane just went, boom," said passenger Ken Jacobson.
A US Airways spokesperson says the flight was almost full with 138-people on-board, plus five crew members and that passengers were headed from Philadelphia to Tampa. None were hurt.
Passengers traveled the last leg of their journey from the runway to the terminal by bus.
Another passenger, Bill Hayes, told us, "It was just a great big thump. It was a surprise and even up above a couple seats the overhead compartment came down... the one that lights-up the seat-belt sign and everything."
The hard landing jarred 11-year old Hailey Heist into the seat in front of her, shaking-up her mom who didn't know what had happened. "I guess I wasn't prepared for it. there was a lot of screaming and crying on the airplane," said Jennifer Heist.
The plane remained on the runway for several hours until it was towed away.
Air traffic was diverted to the airport's eastern runway but didn't delay any flights, although residents in South Tampa had to put up with added airplane noise due to the changed flight routes.
Source - Action News