Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Myanmar Airlines pilot saves all with nail-biting touchdown after landing gear fails

Myanmar Airlines pilot saves all with nail-biting touchdown after landing gear fails

Captain Myat Moe Aung of Myanmar National Airlines safely landed an Embraer 190 passenger aircraft at Mandalay airport in northern Myanmar after the front landing gear failed to deploy.

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.

Flight UB-103 was approaching the runway when the plane's alert system told the pilot that the nose landing gear had packed in, and after two fly-bys to see if the alert system was correct, a decision was made to land the plane.

In spite of a technical problem the pilot was able to bring the plane to a safe if dramatic stop, along with the 89 passengers on board.

On August 2, 2005, an Air France Airbus A340 with 297 passengers and 12 crew members crashed as it was landing at Toronto's Pearson International Aiport in Canada during a heavy rainstorm. The statement also said the pilot followed emergency procedures and dumped extra fuel before attempting to land.

A pilot has been hailed a hero after pulling off an emergency landing with no front wheels.

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He then tried a backup emergency procedure to pull down the wheels without success.

Media reports say, this was second instanced of malfunctioning of a flight that has happened within a week in Myanmar.

Video apparently shot by one of the passengers and posted online showed an urgent but orderly evacuation of the passengers and crew.

"So they had to land with the back wheels".

The incident comes days after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane crash-landed and slid off a runway while landing in Yangon airport during a storm last Wednesday, leaving 11 passengers injured.

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