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Myanmar plane makes emergency landing after gear fails

Naypyitaw, May 12 A Myanmar National Airlines plane with 89 people on board made an emergency landing at Mandalay International Airport on Sunday, with 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 Brazilian-made Embraer 190-LR touched down on its rear sets of wheels before the plane’s nose tilted down to scrape the runway, sending off a shower of sparks as it slowed to a stop.
The pilot managed to land the plane on its nose, causing no injuries to the dozens of passengers and crew on board.

Captain Myat Moe Aung circled the airport twice to allow air traffic controllers to determine if the landing gear was down.

He followed emergency procedures and burned excess fuel to reduce the aircraft’s weight, according to the airline.
The incident was the second aviation accident in Myanmar this week.

On Wednesday, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane skidded off the runway when it landed in bad weather at Yangon International Airport, injuring 17 people.

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