GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - On Saturday, a flight from Grand Rapids to Chicago ended with an emergency landing because the front landing gear wouldn't come down. All 37 passengers arrived safely at O'Hare International Airport, and experts say it had a lot to do with the well-trained pilots.
"Pilots play 'what if,'" says commercial pilot and West Michigan Aviation Academy instructor Les Brown. "'If this would happen, what would I do?' You usually get into the manuals -- most of the manufacturers have procedures on landing with the nose gear retracted."
Most planes have redundancies built into the landing gear, so this situation hardly ever happens, Brown.
"It is so rare... so rare," explains Brown. "There are 23,000 airline flights a day; 99.9% of them go without a hitch."