| 7 years ago||
The N said:
Damn looks like death was hunting for him, look what happened to him just yesterday!
Jet tires blow out while landing at TIA
What Cindy McGee will remember most about her trip to Philadelphia this week is the landing of her US Airways flight in Tampa on Saturday afternoon.
"There was a slam and we all went forward," she said a couple of hours after the hard landing at Tampa International Airport. "We skidded. After a while, the pilot said we had a problem and to stay on the plane."
U.S. Airways Flight 1241 blew its front tires as it landed, forcing the airport to shut down the busy north-south runway.
US Airways spokesman Jim Olson said that none of the 138 passengers and five crew members was injured in the incident. Among the passengers was television pitchman Billy Mays, authorities said.
Some passengers did have bumps and bruises, said the 53-year-old McGee, a nurse who also teaches nursing at the University of Tampa.
Others, including some children, were traumatized, said the 53-year-old Clearwater resident.
"All the passengers were taken off the aircraft and put on buses where they were escorted to a secure waiting area at the airside," Geoghagan said.
An hour later, passengers were allowed to retrieve their baggage and sent on their way, she said. Many left the airport to the sight of the disabled plane on the runway, visible from the airport exit.
McGee, of Clearwater, who attended a nursing convention this week, was greeted by her husband, Kevin, and both left the terminal. They pulled off the road at the airport exit to watch the airplane be examined by safety officials.
She said passengers remained on the airplane for almost an hour before they were escorted through the rear exit.
"It wasn't until they got us to the terminal," McGee said, "that they told us that a tire blew."
She doesn't fly often, she said, and it may be a while before she gets on an airplane again.
Geoghagan said the FAA has released the aircraft and the runway probably would remain closed for most of the evening.
Late Saturday night, a massive tow truck was brought in to move the plane off the runway. Robert Johnson, of Pro-Tow, was up to the task.
"We had to figure out a way to get the plane up off the ground," he said. "The landing gear in the front, the wheels had come off.
"We don't do many of these," he said, "but it's always interesting. See new things everyday. It was just a straight stub of a piece of metal about four inches around that comes down and holds the actual wheels on the plane and the wheels had broke off, so that was all that was left."
"The really good news," said U.S Airways spokesman Olson, "was that there were no injuries and everyone was taken off the plane and most people have left the airport."
He said that blown tires are not common.
They are saying on Time Warner's Ny1 news channel that his death was because of this plane's rough landing that the vibrations from the landing caused stuff to fall off a shelf that was above Mays head and hit him, so he might have died from blunt force trama...