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UPS Cargo Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Sint Maarten With Nose Down


The Ameriflight jet with nose down.

PHILIPSBURG — An airplane flying United Parcel Service (UPS) mail into Sint Maarten from Puerto Rico had to make an emergency landing after the crew was unable to extend its nose landing gear this weekend.

According to the Aviation Herald, an Ameriflight Swearingen SA-227 freighter contracted to UPS was on final approach at Princess Juliana International Airport when the crew noticed during final checkups in preparation for landing that the front landing gear would not descend on Friday.

The crew was able to land the plane safely by keeping the nose of the airplane higher than normal on landing in an effort to prevent damage to the front undercarriage of the aircraft.

The airplane was brought to a stop on the runway without any noticeable damage to the aircraft.

No injuries were reported.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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