Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pilots opt to return plane to Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH) in 'abundance of caution' after nose gear warning

HOUSTON – After Frontier Flight 251 departed from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to Denver, a warning light concerning its front nose gear alerted pilots during the flight, airport officials said.

The pilots on board opted their best course of action was to return to IAH, airport spokesperson Bill Begley said.

The plane landed safely at 9 p.m. without incident and any injuries, Begley said.

There were 136 passengers on board.

Begley said the plane is at its gate in Terminal A and will be inspected by airport crews.

The plane circled the airport several times to burn off fuel before landing.

This is the second instance this week that a plane has had landing gear issues at IAH.

Monday, a US Airways flight had to make an emergency landing after its nose gear was stuck in the up position.

The plane successfully landed around 9:30 p.m. after circling the airport.

There were 53 passengers and four crew members on-board that flight, all of whom had to exit the plane via chutes. There were no serious injuries reported.

"Tonight (Friday) was out of an abundance of caution," Begley said. "The pilots determined the best course of action was to come back. They got the 136 souls on board off."

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