CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo Niagara International Airport officials are investigating why a plane made a hard landing late Sunday night. Passengers News 4 spoke to say United flight 3796 was headed to Buffalo from Washington, D.C. No one was hurt from the rough landing.
Passengers said the plane circled the airport for 20 to 30 minutes before the landing, passing over much of the runway prior to the wheels touching down. The plane then skidded off the paved section of the runway onto the grass. This was a full flight with a dog in the cargo hold. Passengers say the pilot went over the speaker and said a wind sheer was what forced the plane off the runway.
Emergency crews were on the scene immediately after the landing. One passenger said there was a loud bang about 100 miles from the Cheektowaga airport, leading him to think it was a mechanical issue and not weather related.
The plane was towed back onto the runway Monday morning and was taken to Prior Aviation for inspection by representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration.
News 4 reviewed the FAA plane registry for the aircraft. It shows the plane is relatively new, built in 2003 by Bombardier and has no previously reported problems. The Canadair Regional Jet is registered to Mesa Airlines, Incorporated in Phoenix. Mesa Airlines’ website says the company provides regional air service for both American Airlines and United.