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Pilot Makes Emergency Landing In Indianapolis

Last updated on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS)(WISH) - A Republic Airways flight from Philadelphia to Indianapolis made an emergency landing early Tuesday morning.

A landing gear alert light prompted the emergency, and the plane was towed to the terminal with a flat tire under its right wing.

None of the 37 passengers on Flight 3339 was injured, although they described landing in emergency position with their heads tucked between their knees.

"The captain was really great," passenger Nandhini Kuppuswany said, holding her baby in the terminal, where the plane was towed. "We were really scared. The landing was perfect. My baby was sleeping. We were able to concentrate on the safety."

Travis Toth of Allentown, Pennsylvania, said he thought the tire may have blown on takeoff. "It sounded like an explosion. I can't believe no one said anything until we got to Indianapolis."

A spokeswoman for US Airways, which contracts Republic to operate Flight 3339, said the airline had not confirmed whether the tire blew on take-off or landing in Indianapolis.
She said the pilot followed normal procedures once he saw the gear alert light by flying by the tower for visual confirmation that the gear was down.

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