Passengers recount frightening moments before emergency landing

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A local man was on-board the flight forced to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from New York City.

Bob Cochran, of Troy, spoke with WDTN.com about his experience on-board Delta flight 6093.

The flight took off from LaGuardia Airport Monday night, but had to land at nearby JKF Airport due to a landing gear error light that lit up in the cockpit.

Cochran says his flight circled the city several times and the passengers knew something was up.  “The most frustrating part was the lack of communication,” said Cochran.  “I hit the flight attendant button, but she didn’t know why we kept circling.  Finally, the pilot made an announcement.”

Cochran says even though he knew something was wrong, he thought the plane would land safely.

“I was not too afraid, although I did take it seriously,” said Cochran.  “I wrote a couple of quick notes to my wife and daughter, but I knew even though something was wrong, we would land.”

Bill Henry was on the flight with his son Jon. The two were coming home from a vacation.

They and everyone else on board were told to prepare for a rough landing.

“Johnny and I put our heads down and we straddled in,” Henry says. “It was pretty scary.”

When the plane finally touched down without any issues passengers cheered.

“Thankfully it was probably the smoothest landing of my entire life,” Cochran says.

Passengers say Delta paid for them to stay the night in New York and put them on other flights to Dayton.

Some were a little nervous about getting back on a plane so soon.

“Definitely going to be holding on to Johnny a little tighter nowadays,” Henry says.

But they take comfort in the way the pilots handled the emergency.

“I don’t think flying is unsafe,” Cochran says. “I think this proves flying is safe even in dangerous circumstances.”

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