Flight Forced to Return to Philly

Landing gear malfunction forces plane bound for Switzerland to circle over Chesco

A U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Zurich, Switzerland barely made it past the Main Line last night. Pilots said the plane, filled with nearly 200 passengers, wouldn’t allow the main landing gear to retract after takeoff. A problem like that, on such a long flight, could have had a significant impact on their fuel efficiency, thus forcing the team to land the plane back in Philly. But, since the plane was loaded with enough fuel to make the transatlantic flight, pilots had to circle above Chester County to burn enough fuel to get back down to landing weight. The Scoop knows there’s only one thing more frustrating than flying out of Philly—flying out of Philly twice. [Inquirer]