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Myanmar National Airlines pilot lands passenger plane without front wheels after gear failure

A Myanmar National Airlines plane has made an emergency landing at Mandalay International Airport using only its rear wheels after the front landing gear failed to deploy.

All 82 passengers and seven crew members aboard Flight UB103 from Yangon were declared safe after the dramatic landing on Sunday in Myanmar’s second-biggest city. The Brazilian-made Embraer 190-LR plane touched down on its rear wheels before its nose tilted down to scrape the runway, sending off a shower of sparks as it slowed to a stop.

Airport spokesman Kyaw San said the pilot informed the control tower before landing that he was unable to pull down the nose wheels.

A statement on the airline’s Facebook page explained that the plane’s Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System indicated a failure of the front landing gear to deploy. Passengers were seen walking away from the plane across the airfield, several of them smiling.

Flight operations at the airport were temporarily suspended, and allowed to resume after about 2.5 hours for smaller aircraft.

The runways were expected to be reopened for use by larger Boeing and Airbus aircraft by late afternoon (local time).

On Wednesday, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft skidded off the runway after landing in bad weather at Yangon’s airport, injuring at least 15 passengers and crew but none critically.

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