Keith Holland, Airnation.net
A JetBlue flight from Las Vegas to New York was forced to return to Vegas Sunday after losing hydraulic systems that terrorized passengers as the pilots fought to control the plane.
JetBlue Flight 194, an Airbus A320 aircraft, took off from Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS) at 4:06 PM bound for John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) when the pilots reported multiple hydraulic failures at 13,000 feet during their climb.
Pilots went in to a holding pattern to burn off fuel as they ran checks to attempt to recover the systems.
Meanwhile, passengers on the airliner recount the terror as the jet lurched from side to side as it made screeching noises:
‘”You could hear a screeching — an obvious mechanical screeching … we were bouncing around a lot,” one Brooklyn passenger said, adding that something must have been wrong from the start.’
“I’ve never had that kind of hydroplaning feel,” passenger Tom Mizer told ABC News. “Everybody on the plane started to get really nervous. People were starting to throw up. I don’t think I’ve ever had that kind of sustained tension and fear in my life.”
Several passengers also vomited during the incident as the aircraft swung wildly.
Flight 194 managed to land safely back at McCarran at 7:37 PM but had to be towed to the gate as the front wheels were inoperable.
There were no serious injuries reported.
The A320 was taken out of service and the FAA is investigating the incident.
For the full story and links to video, flight path and JetBlue’s communications with the Las Vegas Air Traffic Control Tower, click here.