The plane's and was stuck in the sideways position after it took off from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, headed for New York.
The Airbus A320 first circled the Long Beach Airport, about 30 miles south of Burbank, so ground crews could confirm the position of the gear. Then came the circling over Los Angeles before an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, with sparks flying from the nose gear. No injuries were reported among the 140 passengers and six crew members on board.
Passenger Zachary Mastoon, 27, of Brooklyn,
He told The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm, "The pilot came on and said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, there is problem with the landing gear. It didn't fully retract, so we're in constant contact with Burbank and New York, and we're trying to figure out the best course of action.' But I just figured it was one less step we'd have to take when we got to New York. I thought we could just, well, the landing gear's already down, so we don't have to let it back down."
Christiana Lund, 25, just moved to New York from the L.A. area, and had gone back to pick up her car, which was with her on the plane.
"I think people started watching it after we had done the low fly-by in Long Beach," she told Storm. "That's when I started watching. And for me, at first, it was very scary to see: 'Oh, my God, we made the news!' But after awhile, I felt it was kind of comforting just to know for sure we knew what was going on. Just in case people on the plane weren't telling us everything that was going on, we had the news to follow."