Delta Airlines Flight 4061 took off from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport at 5:48 p.m. this evening. The 40 passenger regional jet was bound for Detroit.
Shortly after takeoff the pilot realized the nose gear failed to retract so he was forced to return to Avoca and circle the airport until landing clearance was given. The plane safely landed at 6:41 p.m.
Airport officials took every precaution and deployed over two dozen emergency vehicles to the runway in case of any further malfunctions when the aircraft touched down.
Passenger reactions ranged from crying and praying to one individual sleeping through the entire ordeal.
The plane was towed to the terminal for inspection. This was a connecting flight so many passengers were left scrambling to find other connections.