Plane makes emergency landing at Bangor International Airport
BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Crucial training was used at the Bangor International Airport Monday just after 11 a.m. when the pilot of an inbound aircraft declared an emergency with their landing gear.
”We are continuously doing, you know, emergency training,” said Tony Caruso, BIA airport director.
Essential and critical training for crews Caruso says came into play late Monday morning.
“We got a notification that inbound aircraft declared an emergency. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get the nose gear fully deployed,” said Caruso.
When the pilot of the flight, an international corporate aircraft inbound from Italy with nine people on board, made the call, Caruso says that’s when their training on the ground kicked in.
“Certainly, it’s nerve-wracking, but this is what everybody trains for. You obviously hope that it doesn’t happen, but this is why you train. Aircraft Rescue, firefighting, all the emergency responders or airport personnel were deployed. Everybody was in place and ready. However, so, thankfully just prior to landing the pilot was able to get that nose gear down to the aircraft to land safely,” said Caruso.
“Not something you see every day in Bangor. So, that’s for sure. We were right on Union Street, heard it on scanner. We listened to the scanner quite a bit. Just thought this was interesting. So we ran over here real quick just to see praying that it didn’t crash and we saw it come down and we’re pretty glad that they got that landing gear open,” said Angela Johnson, who saw the plane land.
Something like this isn’t all that uncommon.
“You hate to say that, you know, emergencies are routine, but we do get a certainly our share of emergency notifications. Obviously, any emergency is nerve wrecking. This is one, one outcome that you’d like you know, people can actually walk off the airplane,” said Caruso.
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