Thursday, February 08, 2018

Incident occurred February 08, 2018: Teterboro Airport (KTEB), Bergen County, New Jersey • Stewart International Airport (KSWF), Orange County, New York

A Learjet that had problems with the nose landing gear diverted safely from New Jersey to Stewart International Airport in Orange County late Thursday morning, authorities said. 

The troubled jet landed just before noon at the public/military airport nearly 57 miles north of Teterboro, the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

Hasbrouck Heights firefighters and Port Authority responders were at Teterboro Airport as the Learjet, with five people aboard, began circling to burn off fuel around 10:30 a.m., Pentangelo said.

The decision was made soon after to head to Stewart International Airport, where, as pilot Joseph Bar-Nadav explained, "the runways are at least twice as long as the ones at Teterboro and would make landing an aircraft with gear issues much safer.

"The long runways afford the pilot lots of room to get low and slow and then gently land on the runway surface without landing gear and leave enough room to slide as long as it needs," Bar-Nadav said.

Original article ➤

A Learjet bound for Teterboro Airport (KTEB) in New Jersey reported issues with its landing gear on Thursday morning and was able to safely divert to Stewart International Airport in Orange County, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

None of the five passengers aboard the private plane were injured, Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said.

The pilot reported having a problem with the “nose landing gear” at around 11 a.m., he said, and the plane was redirected to Stewart. It landed without incident at 12:51 p.m.

Pentangelo said planes count on a network of airports, noting that Stewart can handle planes big and small but it doesn’t often happen.

“It’s unusual,” he said, “but it’s not remarkable.”

Since it was a private flight, Pentangelo said he wasn’t sure where the plane had taken off from.

He said he was thankful for a safe landing and that no one was injured.

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