This Landing Was So Rough, the Plane’s Interior Panels Fell Off
Luckily, there were no injuries.
Passengers on a recent flight from Houston to Newark, N.J., were startled when, upon landing, the ceiling panels on the interior of their plane detached.
During the landing of Tuesday’s United Airlines Flight 557, the flight, according to passengers onboard, “bounced,” before “the pilot jerked the plane up to cancel the landing entirely.” The Port Authority, which runs Newark Airport, said the plane touched ground, but needed to take off for a re-landing.
Amusingly, as the plane was leaving Newark to re-attempt the landing, an announcement came over the intercom welcoming, absurdly, passengers to Newark Liberty International Airport.
The plane returned to the air, and the pilot re-attempted the landing, reportedly hitting the runaway even harder.
It was the second touchdown that may have caused the interior ceiling panels on the Boeing 767 to detach. (It’s also perhaps a good reminder to make sure your seat belts are fastened as a plane is landing.)
Video from one of the passengers shows the ceiling panel dangling with exposed wires sticking out, and flight attendants diligently checking on passengers and seemingly trying to hold the panels in place. No injuries were reported among the 214 passengers on board.
The plane is now out of service and in maintenance, United Airlines said in a statement.