Cherry Point pilot details landing without nose gear

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This still image taken from a Marine Corps video shows Capt. William Mahoney landing his AV-8B Harrier on the deck of the USS Bataan without a front landing gear.The video has been aired nationally.

U.S. Marine Corps
Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 02:48 PM.

The video of a Cherry Point Marine pilot landing his AV-8B Harrier jet without a front landing gear has gone viral and has been picked up by national news organizations.

Capt. William Mahoney, currently assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (reinforced) as part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, made the landing aboard the USS Bataan on June 7. The Marine Corps released video of the landing as well as an interview with Mahoney last week.

The video was put on YouTube as well as a Marine Corps website and soon got picked up nationally, with “CBS This Morning” airing it on Monday, along with other news organizations throughout the country.

During the interview on the video, Mahoney describes the start of the day as nothing more than routine.

“There was nothing crazy about it,” he said.

Mahoney said shortly after take-off from the ship, he put the nose gear up and realized something had gone wrong. He tried to put the nose gear back down and then flew past the ship, receiving confirmation from personnel on the ship that the nose gear of the Harrier had not come back down.

“At this point, it’s trying to figure out how to get it back on the deck safely with only three landing gears,” Mahoney said.

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