United E170 lands without nose gear at Newark

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A United Airlines Embraer E170 made an emergency landing last night at Newark Liberty International airport with its nose gear collapsed, after the flight's pilot reported landing gear problems.

Flight 5124, operated by Republic Airways subsidiary Shuttle America, was flying to Newark from Atlanta, said reports. The pilot had notified air traffic controllers that he had an unsafe gear indicator light in the cockpit, said a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.

According to air traffic recordings, the flight's pilot told air traffic control that even if the nose gear was extended, he could not be sure if it was "down and locked". He then requested for emergency vehicles to meet the aircraft at Newark.

The pilot then flew by the airport's air traffic control tower, where the controllers confirmed to the pilot that the aircraft's nose gear was not extended but the other landing gears were, said the FAA spokeswoman.

The aircraft landed on a foamed runway 22L at about 18:30, and the 69 passengers and four crew members on board were evacuated via emergency slides. No injuries were reported.

As a result of the incident, the airport was closed until 19:12 and the aircraft was cleared from the runway at 01:30 today. Runway 22L was closed until 06:30 today, said the FAA spokeswoman.

The FAA is investigating the incident and is examining the aircraft again today. A representative from Embraer is also studying the aircraft today, she added.

A FAA incident report said the damage to the aircraft was "substantial". The E170, registration N637RW, was built in 2004, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.