Jet Blue Flight Lands Safely

So in the end it all worked out in a safe manner with the pilot executing a perfect landing despite the lack of functional front landing gear. It looked like the wheel which was probably constructed of magnesium caught on fire and burned with a brilliant blue-white glow.

6 thoughts on “Jet Blue Flight Lands Safely”

  1. What the often breathless newscasters failed to offer was perspective. While this evening’s mechanical problem was graphic, emergency landings at LAX are far from uncommon. Does anybody want to venture a guess at how many emergency standbys the LAFD handles at LAX each year?

    Pick a number before you scroll down to the next reply.


  2. Ohmygod! That was incredible! That was a better landing than the last few flights that I’ve been on. The JetBlue pilot did an absolutely astounding job. Other than that small detail of the magnesium wheel burning out, that was a picture perfect landing.

  3. On average, the men and women of the LAFD, who provide all life safety service to Los Angeles International Airport, have 217 runway standbys each year. Yes, two hundred seventeen over a three hundred and sixty five day period. This number is purely for runway standbys for aircraft in or declaring distress, and does not count the thousands of other emergencies that take place on the airport grounds each year.

    I am very proud of the men and women of the LAFD working at LAX and can say with supreme confidence that they are the best-trained, best-equipped and most highly motivated crash-rescue Firefighters in the world.

    In the end though, it’s all in a days work. :)


  4. EPL, I hope you don’t think I was blowing *my* own horn. Such was not the case.

    All I’m offering is some perpsective – that I felt important – so that participants in this forum could understand (despite the breathless television commentary) that an aircraft in distress is not a profoundly uncommon occurence at LAX.

    Everybody involved, especially the flight crew, seems to have done their job with aplomb. It’s just another day at work for most, for as they say, any landing you can walk away from…

    Peace… oh, and can I have some extra onions on my BRC?


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