A United Airlines flight landed with part of the plane's belly or wing striking a runway at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday morning after the right-side landing gear failed to deploy. All the 53 people got off the plane safely, AP reported.
Flight 634 from Chicago was approaching the airport just before 9:30 a.m. when the crew reported that there might be a problem with one of its landing gears.
When the aircraft landed, part of it apparently struck the runway, causing some damage to the right wing area, United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said. The extent of the damage was still being determined Sunday afternoon, and Urbanski said it was not immediately clear what caused the malfunction.
Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the Airbus 319's right main landing gear did not extend, though its nose and left main landing gear did, making for a bumpier-than-usual landing.
The airline announced Sunday afternoon that it would refund the 48 passengers' fares.
The plane - a direct flight for Newark that had left Chicago about 6 a.m. local time with a five-person crew on board - remained on the third runway Sunday afternoon, as investigators inspected the aircraft.
After the crew reported the problem, Newark airport was closed for about 20 minutes, said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport. Two of its three runways were reopened soon after the plane landed, but some arriving flights were still being delayed late Sunday afternoon by about an hour.