Landing Gear Issue Leads to Plane’s Belly Landing

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -
A US Airways commuter plane is doused with foam after an emergency landing at Newark Airport. (AP Photo/WABC)
A US Airways commuter plane is doused with foam after an emergency landing at Newark Airport. (AP Photo/WABC)

An airline official says a US Airways Express flight with 34 people aboard was forced to make a belly landing at Newark International Airport after experiencing landing-gear trouble. No injuries were reported.

US Airways spokesman Davien Anderson says a turboprop plane that left Philadelphia shortly before 11 p.m. Friday landed safely at Newark with its landing gear retracted at about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Anderson says the flight, operated by Piedmont Airlines, was carrying 31 passengers and three crew members. The plane circled Newark in a holding pattern while working to get the gear down. After several failed attempts, the plane landed on its belly.