Is Noah Shannon's story in the NYT true?
May 18, 2013 11:08 PM Subscribe
Noah Gallagher Shannon has a piece
in Sunday's NYT about an emergency landing at Philadelphia. Something about the story makes me think that it might be fictional. Can anybody prove that the story took place as he describes it?
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I'm not at all an expert in aviation, but some of the details about Shannon's story ring false. Specifically that:
* Electricity on a plane would be turned off in preparation for an emergency landing.
* Nobody noticed that their flight had been circling around Philadelphia for two hours before the landing
* Philadelphia in particular has "the best standby emergency personnel."
* An airline would give gifts after an emergency landing.
Unfortunately Shannon doesn't give many concrete details about the flight to try to track it down. He says that the intended destination was Denver, and that Philadelphia was not on the way to Denver (so the originating airport must not have been in the northeast). The flight involved a problem with the landing gear, but the flight landed safely anyway. He doesn't provide any information about when this flight happened.
Can anybody find any independent verification of an emergency landing at Philadelphia involving a failure of the landing gear?