Thursday 23 May 2019

Pilot saves 89 as he lands plane without front wheels

Grounded: Firefighters work with a hose on the plane in the accident at Mandalay Airport in Myanmar. Passengers walked away unhurt. Photo: Aung Thura via AP
Grounded: Firefighters work with a hose on the plane in the accident at Mandalay Airport in Myanmar. Passengers walked away unhurt. Photo: Aung Thura via AP

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A hero pilot landed his plane without front wheels, saving the lives of 89 people during an emergency at Mandalay International Airport in Myanmar.

All 82 passengers and seven crew members aboard Flight UB103 from Yangon were unhurt after the Brazilian-made Embraer 190-LR touched down on its rear sets of wheels yesterday, before the plane's nose tilted down to scrape the runway, sending off a shower of sparks as it slowed to a stop.

Captain Myat Moe Aung warned the control tower before landing that he was unable to pull down the nose wheels. He tried a back-up emergency procedure to pull down the wheels but that was unsuccessful. The aircraft did two fly-bys past the tower for air controllers to check visually whether the wheels had deployed.

The captain followed emergency procedures to dump fuel to reduce the landing weight, and made a safe landing at 9.09am.

Video apparently shot by one of the passengers and posted online showed an urgent but orderly evacuation of the passengers and crew. Passengers were seen walking away from the plane across the airfield, several of them smiling.

Flights were suspended for more than two hours.

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