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Passengers who landed at Tampa International Airport describe a frightening flight

Posted at 12:23 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 12:23:21-04

 (WFLA, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport early Tuesday. Passengers say it was due to a malfunction with landing gear.

According to an American Airlines spokesperson:

"AA flight 574, an A320 aircraft traveling from Phoenix to Tampa, experienced an indicator light in the cockpit prior to landing. The aircraft landed normally and passengers were deplaned via air stairs and driven by bus to the terminal. No one was injured. There were 146 passengers onboard. The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our maintenance team."

Jerry Penacoli was on the plane. He says passengers were told to brace as if they would crash land.

We were given the full instructions on how to brace for crash landing. We were given the full instructions how to do it. As we were getting closer, it was petrifying," he said.

Penacoli called it an “extremely emotional ordeal that no one around him wants to endure again.”

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