AKIPRESS.COM - 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, Guardian reports.
The touchdown – in which no one was hurt – was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in Myanmar in less than a week.
Myanmar National Airlines flight UB-103 – an Embraer-190 model – was carrying 82 passengers and a crew of seven when it touched the ground at about 9am in Mandalay, a city popular with foreign tourists.
An unverified video that 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.
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.
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.