That's interesting. Is the tube inside the inspection hatch? The FO only had a flashlight wth him, and he really didn't seem to know what he was looking for. I don't reckon he had been in this situation before. Come to that, I hadn't either, and I think I've got quite a few thousand hours as SLF, in addition to my relatively low PIC PPL log hours over last 30 years or so.
Having seen a Navajo land on two legs rather than three at YMMB yesterday afternoon, just wondered what they do with a 737 that comes in without the requisite dangly bits? Do they cover the runway with foam?
And while all this was going on the PF was apparently at the controls alone - is that strictly legit?
Meanwhile I would imagine very few pax had the slightest idea of the potential gravity (sorry) of the situation.