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Crisis averted after landing gear fails on United flight

Saed Hindash / The Star-Ledger

A United Shuttle Air Express passenger plane with hydraulic problems made an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport Monday evening, forcing the temporary closure of the airport. No injuries were reported.

The Star-Ledger's Tomas Dinges reports:

As a passenger plane with hydraulic problems was getting ready to make an emergency landing at Newark Liberty International Airport Monday evening, passengers thought they were going to die.

"We were saying our prayers because we just thought it was the end," said Steve Parowski, a passenger from Franklin Lakes. "I sent a text to my sons letting them know that I love them, and I hope everything works out."

Parowski was among the 71 people aboard the United Shuttle Air Express traveling from Atlanta to Newark — a flight that was uneventful until the commuter jet was preparing for landing and its front landing gear failed to deploy, authorities said. Parowski said as soon as he got off the plane and he knew he was fine, he called his sons on the phone and told them "I landed and I'm alive."

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