Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails

Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails

" The crew prepared for a nose gear up landing and landed on Mandalay's runway 17, keeping the nose up as long as practicable, bringing the aircraft to a halt on the runway on both main gear struts and the nose of the aircraft".

The aircraft had departed from Yangon and was approaching Mandalay when the pilot was unable to extend the front landing gear.

"We waited with rescue teams, firefighters and other emergency personnel as the plane attempted a landing".

The pilot, Captain Myat Moe Aung, did two fly-bys prior to this so that air traffic controllers could see if the landing gear was down.

Flight UB103 touched down at Mandalay International Airport at 9:09 a.m. local time with all 82 passengers and seven crew members able to safely evacuate the plane after it scraped its nose down the runway and came to a flawless stop.

"Then the Captain followed emergency procedures and did the fuel burn out to reduce the landing weight".

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Videos shared with Reuters showed smoke rising from under the seats of the aircraft shortly after landing.

Emergency vehicles came to attend to the plane as soon as it landed, but no-one was injured in the emergency manoeuvre.

The incident involving the Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103 was the second one involving a malfunctioning plane in the country in less than a week.

Myanmar National Airlines have since sent engineers to the airport to check on the aircraft to establish the cause of the fault. "The pilot could land it skillfully", the report further quoted Aung as saying.

Passengers on a Myanmar National Airlines plane had a harrowing experience on Sunday when the plane had to land without its front landing gear.

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