Passenger on harrowing US Airways flight describes belly landing at Newark Liberty

Posted at 8:12 PM, May 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-21 11:36:31-04

The aftermath of a US Airways flight that made an emergency belly landing at Newark Airport was recorded by a passenger who spoke to PIX11.

The cell phone video captured the confusion and fear behind each passenger that traveled on Piedmont flight 4560 from Philadelphia to Newark airport.

“That had to have been the scariest things I’ve ever been on,” said Jaime Gudewicz, who happens to be an audio engineer for the PIX11 morning news.
“I saw the landing gear doors were open but the wheels weren’t out,” Gudewicz said.


He gave a first-hand account of what it was like to be in this possibly life ending situation, recalling how all 34 passengers were left in hysterics as the pilot kept quiet while circling the airport.

The landing gear was stuck inside the plane, and was never deployed according to airline officials.

“Then the pilot came out and shined his light on the same propeller area. That’s when we knew something was definitely wrong.”

As the plane continued to circle there was “still no announcement, still no explanation.”

The landing gear – stuck inside the plane – never deployed according to airline official.
Finally, 45 minutes later, Gudewicz held on as the pilot executed a successful but terrifying landing.

“I was telling some colleagues here, about it being similar to a row boat scraping rocks. You get into that situation where it’s grinding metal on metal, so it was like that but it was just really really, really loud.”

After the plane came to a stop and everyone was safely on nearby shuttles, Gudewicz filmed as the pilot spoke and asked if everyone was ok.

The passengers all answered yes, grateful to be alive.