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Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails

Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails

MANDALAY: A Myanmar pilot saved the day after his aircraft’s landing gear failed, safely putting the jet on the runway with no front wheels on Sunday (May 12), an official said.

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By AFP

Monday 13 May 2019, 11:47AM


A rescue team works on a plane of Myanmar National Airline (MNA) after an accident at Mandalay International airport on Sunday (Mar 12) in Mandalay, Myanmar.

A rescue team works on a plane of Myanmar National Airline (MNA) after an accident at Mandalay International airport on Sunday (Mar 12) in Mandalay, Myanmar.

The nail-biting touchdownin which no one was hurtwas the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in less than a week within the country.

Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103an Embraer-190 modeltouched the ground at around 9am in Mandalay, a city popular among foreign tourists. The plane carried 82 passengers and a crew of seven.

An unverified video circulated on social media showed a graceful landing before the plane’s nose dipped gradually to the runway, and the craft slowly ground to a halt.

Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department, told AFP the pilot tried repeatedly to deploy the front landing gearfirst through its computer system, then manually. “They tried hard twice by flying around twice and asked to check whether the nose wheel dropped or not,” Ye Htut Aung said, calling it a “technical fault”.

So they had to land with the back wheels... The pilot could land it skillfully,” he said. “There were no casualties.”

Ye Htut Aung said engineers sent by Myanmar National Airlines would examine the aircraft, adding that all jets get a daily flight check.

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For its part, Embraer said in a statement that it was “offering its full cooperation to the aviation authorities in order to aid in the investigation”.

Passenger Soe Moe told AFP: “Smoke came out a little when we landed... All passengers are okay.”

Sunday’s incident came just four days after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane skidded off a runway while landing at Yangon airport in a storm, injuring 11 passengers.

Myanmar’s monsoon season has caused problems for commercial and military flights in the past.

A military plane crashed into the Andaman Sea in 2017, killing all 122 people on board in one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the country’s history. Authorities blamed bad weather.

And in 2015, an Air Bagan passenger plane veered off the runway amid bad weather and heavy rain. A passenger and a person on the ground were killed.

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