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Passengers prepare for crash landing at GPT airport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

For the second time in less than a week, workers at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport prepared for the worst: an incoming flight with a problem that could have dire consequences.

Last Friday, it was a United Express flight that made emergency landing after a tire blew on takeoff. Thursday, an American Eagle plane from Dallas prepared for the same landing when its hydraulics went out.

The 45 passengers and crew aboard Thursday's flight were prepared for a crash landing.

"She [the flight attendant] made that announcement that they were having problems and they prepared us for the crash landing position," said Nancy Segovia.

Segovia was just one of the dozens of passengers on board the ERJ 145 flight from Dallas when the plane experienced a hydraulic failure.

"It was pretty scary," said Segovia. "I've never been afraid for my life."

"I'm so scared, very scared," said passenger Julie Ha.

"The flight attendant just briefed us on bracing, in case we had to evacuate the aircraft," Tony Loganga.

Thankfully, that wasn't necessary. The plane landed safely, just a few minutes later than scheduled.

"Everything went according to our emergency plan. The aircraft stopped on the runway and was towed to the gate and all passengers disembarked," said Assistant Executive Director of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Jim Foster.

Foster said the hydraulic system is used to lower landing gear, but the plane has back-up systems which allowed for a safe landing. He said while this is the second aircraft scare in the last week at this airport, travelers shouldn't be worried.

"We don't have this kind of incident frequently. I was trying to remember the last one, previous to this, and I really can't," said Foster.

But that confidence doesn't dismiss the moments of fear that left passengers happy to be back on the ground.

"Thank God we have good pilots and all the passengers were fine," said Segovia.

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