13 May, 2019

Lucky escape as Embraer E190 lands without nose gear in Myanmar

The passengers and crew of a National Airlines an Embraer E190, operating flight UB103 had a lucky escape on Sunday when the aircraft landed without nose gear down.  It's the second time in a week of a landing incident in Myanmar

The Myanmar National Airlines aircraft was carrying 89 passengers and crew when it came into land at around 0900 local time in Mandalay, a city popular with tourists. It's understood there were no injuries reported either with the passengers or crew.

According to local media Ye Htut Aung, the Deputy Director General of the civil aviation department of Myanmar, the pilots tried a number of times to deploy the nose gear, both with the flight computer system and manually. “They tried hard twice by flying around twice and asked [the flight tower] to check whether the nose wheel dropped or not,” Ye Htut Aung said, adding “So they had to land with the back wheels ... The pilot could land it skilfully,” he said. “There were no casualties.”

The Brazillian manufacturers recently taken over by the US giant Boeing, has said it would offer its full cooperation to the local aviation authorities in any investigation”.

Just four days earlier, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane overran the runway at Yangon during a storm, which injured 11 people. 

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