Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fireball Terror Landing; Passengers Watch Own Plane Touch Down in Flames on In-Flight TV

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fireball Terror Landing; Passengers Watch Own Plane Touch Down in Flames on In-Flight TV

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

PASSENGERS watched in horror on in-flight TV screens as their crippled plane circled for three hours before crash-landing in flames.

They told today how they saw the drama unfold on miniature televisions built into the back of each seat. The JetBlue plane was forced to fly above Los Angeles international airport as it burned fuel after its landing gear malfunctioned.

Television news channels followed the plight of Flight 292 in the air and followed the landing as the front tyres appeared to burst, producing a huge plume of smoke, a series of sparks and then a fire. Remarkably, none of the 140 passengers and six crew were reported injured.

Zachary Mastoon, 27, of New York, said: "The thing that scared me the most was watching it on television."

Other passengers said it was " surreal" to watch their own potential disaster movie in the making.

Briton Pia Varma, 23, whose family moved to LA from Kensington, said: "I watched all the live news on the television in the cabin and was able to follow exactly where we were going and what was happening to us. I kept thinking to myself that this can't be happening."

Images of the landing showed the pilot easing the Airbus A320 jet on to the airport's longest runway.

Fire and emergency crews surrounded the plane, which had been on the way from nearby Burbank to New York, and a truck equipped with a stairway pulled up to the aircraft.

The fire was quickly put out.

Passengers, some smiling, streamed calmly off, guided by firefighters in silver flame-retardant suits.

"It felt like the New York subway, rattling and shaking," Dave Rienicz, 39, a comedian from Burbank, said of the landing. "It was pretty intense, but it wasn't panicky." Mr Rienicz videotaped a brief goodbye message to his girlfriend with a camera "just in case". …

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