Flight makes emergency landing in Houston without nose gear

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
What went wrong on flight from Philadelphia to Houston
Federal investigators are looking into what went wrong on a U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia to Houston.

HOUSTON -- A U.S. Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing without its nose gear at Bush Intercontinental Airport Monday night.

"We were told to brace, brace, brace," passenger Janice Mumma said.

It's a flight the passengers won't soon forget. The problem with the landing gear on U.S. Airways Flight 1825 from Philadelphia to Houston started as a routine flight with more than 50 passengers and four crew members.

RAW VIDEO: Plane makes emergency landing without nose gear

"Then they said, 'It looks like the landing gear's gone out. We're going to have to have a crash landing,'" passenger Olin Johnson told us. "That's when it kind of got scary, because the pilot, you could hear it in his voice, he was nervous."

"They're telling you to put your head down," added passenger Dan Hanson. "But everything's telling you to keep your head up and look around. But then when we actually hit, it really wasn't that bad."

Some people started getting nervous, while others were very quiet.

"This pretty powerful smell of burning rubber filled up the plane so you knew it was a problem," Johnson said.

Even with everything that happened, passengers are praising the pilot.

"I think he did great," Mumma said. "He was calm. The crew was calm. I think the crew did great. He landed it."

"I'm sure it could have gotten a lot worse than it did," Hanson said.

All passengers we talked to agree that it could have been a lot worse.

U.S. Airways is turning the investigation over to the FAA. As for the runway, it's back open.

Photos: Plane makes emergency landing without nose gear