Diverted to JFK after take off, I watched this plane until it was out of sight as you will see in the footage the landing gear never went up. Thank you Leliel98 who let me know the plane was diverted, so it may have been an mechanical issue with the landing gear. Shortly after the take off, I did see some fire engine activity and heard the tower talking about Alitalia – (iphone app). Unfortunately, liveatc has been down since yesterday so I was unable to find more information. I apologize for the shaky filming – I filmed this on the fly as I was not set up yet! Also, liveatc.net is back up and running, yay!!! 🙂 Also, thank you airliners. net for the post. They have a fascinating thread on this aircraft and incident today, here is the link: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5541908/ and also see the AVHerald just posted additional information too (thank you avherald!). Currently (it is now Saturday morning 10:15am Eastern time) the aircraft is still on the ground at JFK. Here is the aviation herald link: http://avherald.com/h?article=45476403&opt=6144
UPDATE: Sunday morning August 19th, AVHerald is now reporting that a rod fractured in the actuator mechanism of the right main landing gear. There are some great photos posted of the break in the link above as well as a comment by someone who had a family member on the flight.