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Saturday
May182013

Plane Makes Belly Landing at Newark Airport

ABC News(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A U.S. Airways official confirmed that a turboprop plane carrying 31 passengers and three crew members was forced to make a belly landing in Newark, N.J., early Saturday morning due to a problem with the jet's landing gear.

The jet, operated by Piedmont Airlines, left Philadelphia before 11 p.m. on Friday.

According to U.S. Airways Spokesman Davian Anderson, tower operators attempted to help the pilot troubleshoot after the plane's landing gear remained retracted. After multiple attempts, they decided to execute a belly landing.

When the pilot attempted to land the plane without the use of landing gear, sparks flew, but he managed to keep the plane steady and on the runway.

All 34 people on board were taken off the plane and bused to the terminal.

U.S. Airways believes the issue was an isolated mechanical problem. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

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Monday
May142012

Report: TSA Underreports Incidents

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly half of the security breaches at the nation’s top airports go unreported to the head office, a report released Monday charges.

Critics say the lack of reporting makes it more difficult to spot dangerous weaknesses in the system.

“This report identifies a gaping hole in our airport security system,” read a statement from Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who demanded the report last year.

The TSA responded to the report’s criticism and recommendations by saying it “is working to enhance its oversight system with respect to airport security breaches” and trying “to develop a single definition of ‘security breach.’”

The focus of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General’s report is Newark Airport, which suffered four big security breaches in 2011. In January 2011, a dead dog was loaded onto a plane without being screened for explosives. That same month, a carry-on bag with a knife passed through TSA screening. In February, a passenger bypassed screening by using the disability gate and another improperly screened passenger was allowed to enter the secured area.

On Monday, there was more trouble for Newark Airport. Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole, a longtime security supervisor, was arrested for using the identity of a New York City man murdered 20 years ago. Oyewole, 54, did not work for the TSA, but he was in private security and had access to sensitive areas of the facility.

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