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Plane Safely Lands Without Front Gear

April 7, 1995

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ An American Eagle turboprop landed safely on its two back wheels after the front landing gear became stuck during flight.

None of the 21 passengers or three crew members was injured Thursday when the flight from New York City landed at Greater Rochester International Airport, American Eagle spokesman Don Bedwell said.

``Really, I’ve had regular landings that were bumpier,″ passenger Greg Paris said.

The plane was headed to Rochester. It circled the airport for about 40 minutes trying to solve the problem. A manual backup system for the front landing gear also failed.

As the Saab 340 twin-engine plane was coming to a stop, it tipped forward and hit its nose on the runway, Bedwell said.

The main runway at the airport was closed while federal investigators examined the scene.