CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A U.S. Airways flight headed to San Francisco was forced to return to Charlotte Douglas.
Several citizens in Cleveland County called the NBC Charlotte newsroom after noticing Flight 1899 circling close to their homes with its wheels down.
A spokesman for U.S. Airways tells NBC Charlotte the pilot operating the Airbus a321 reported a mechanical problem after the nose gear failed to retract.
The pilot was instructed to circle the area to reduce the plane’s weight in fuel. During the nearly two hour ordeal, Cleveland County dispatchers were inundated with phones calls as neighbors watched the plane circle their homes every few minutes.
The NBC affiliate in South Carolina, WYFF, also received calls from their viewers near Spartanburg and Greenville inquiring about the low circulating plane.
Officials said the plane landed safely and was able to taxi to the gate at Charlotte Douglas using its own power.
All 183 passengers boarded a different flight to San Francisco. The Airbus a321 aircraft is being inspected, officials said.