August 14, 2013

Flight at Portland jetport reports nose gear problem, lands safely

The airport sent out fire trucks and rescue vehicles late this morning as a precaution.

By Edward D. Murphy
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — A United Airlines flight from Newark landed safely at the Portland International Jetport late Wednesday morning after reporting a possible problem with its nose landing gear, the airport director said.

The pilot reported a "nose gear steering problem" while on final approach, Paul Bradbury said, and the airport sent out fire trucks and rescue vehicles as a precaution.

Bradbury said the plane, a Bombadier Dash 8 with 62 people aboard, then landed without incident.

He said the rescue and fire trucks were recalled and the turboprop taxied to the terminal normally.

Bradbury said it was unclear what the problem was based on the pilot's report, but could have been that there were indications that the gear wasn't properly down and locked.

The plane landed at 11:30, about 90 minutes late. Bradbury said that he didn't believe the plane was late due to the issue with the landing gear.

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