Updated: Monday, 27 Sep 2010, 11:10 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 27 Sep 2010, 10:09 PM EDT
Bridgewater, Conn. (WTNH) - A woman from Bridgewater details the emergency landing ordeal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York when her plane came down without landing gear.
"I'm sure you have heard the recording of heads down, stay down and that is when it got scary when they started yelling that before we landed,” Jamie Pfeiffer explained.
Pfeiffer was flying home from Atlanta on Delta when the pilot came on the loud speaker. The landing gear on the right side was broken, so those onboard assumed the crash position and the pilot landed the plane on the right wing.
"It was bumpy, not so much that it jostled you around, we were leaning forward, hands on the seat and head on hands,” she described. “We held on and even as it tipped it wasn't jostling us a whole lot. That was what was so amazing about this pilot's skill. No one got hurt."
Pfeiffer says the runway was not foamed, but there were “a lot of emergency vehicles there and all those guys were really nice and keeping us safe."
Jamie has only one leg and walks with a prosthetic and cane, which made evacuating the plane very hard to do. She recalled slipping going down the stairs before someone grabbed her from behind and said, "Don't worry, we got ya."
“It was very touching that out of this potential disaster there were some really nice things,” she told News 8's Bob Wilson.
Pilot Jack Conroyd was not granting interviews on Monday, because of the ongoing investigation.
The Associated Press reports that retired psychotherapist Jamie Pfeiffer calls Conroyd a "class act" who kept passengers informed throughout the brief ordeal.