Pilots in Columbia had to make a heroic landing after the landing gear on their plane failed. Details are still emerging about the incident which occurred earlier this week, but videos of the event have quickly gone viral.
LATAM Airlines flight 4292 between Medellin and Cartegena suffered damage to its nose landing gear and was forced to return to the Medellin Airport for an emergency landing.
As reported by Aviation24.be, the Airbus A320-200 departed Medellin Airport on Tuesday and quickly realized something was amiss with the landing gear. After burning fuel for about 45 minutes, the pilots decided to return to the Medellin Airport with the nose gear locked in a 90-degree position. The dramatic landing and damage to the gear were caught on video and shared widely on various social media platforms.
After successfully landing, passengers and crew were safely evacuated with no reported injuries and the aircraft was towed off the runway. Air traffic was briefly delayed at the busy Medellin Airport.
Video from within the cabin during the landing shows the tense moments and relief at a safe landing passengers hug each other, clap, some shedding tears of joy: