Passenger plane makes emergency landing in Mandalay, no one hurt


Myanmar National Airlines flight UB-103 carrying 89 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after its landing gears failed to function on Sunday.

The Myanmar National Airlines landed safely at Mandalay International Airport.

An NDTV report quoted Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Myanmar's civil aviation department as saying that the pilot had tried repeatedly to drop the landing gear of the aircraft at the front of the plane, first through its computer system, then manually. The aircraft travels some distance along the runway on its nose, kicking up smoke, before coming to a halt.

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 passengers were evacuated with proper emergency evacuations by the cabin crew as well.

A passenger plane has landed in Myanmar, also known as Burma, without its front wheels. "The pilot could land it skillfully", he said.

The incident was the second aviation accident in Myanmar this week.

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

Myanmar National Airlines are now sending engineers to Mandalay International Airport to check on the aircraft, Ye Htut Aung said, adding that all jets get a daily flight check.

Captain Myat Moe Aung was left to navigate the perilous situation after the passenger jet's landing gear failed, leaving him to negotiate the unsafe manoeuvre at 9am at Mandalay International Airport.

It's been a rough week for air travel in Myanmar, with a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight sliding off the runway at Yangon International Airport on Wednesday.