Miraculous Myanmar landing

Yesterday a Myanmar National Airlines plane had to perform emergency landing due to the landing gear failure.

No passengers or crew members were injured during the incident involving the Myanmar plane. It was the second instance of a malfunctioning Myanmar plane in less than a week.

The pilot of the unlucky Myanmar National Airlines flight UB-103 – an Embraer-190 model had to face a major landing gear malfunction which left the plane with only the back wheels.

According to Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Myanmar’s civil aviation department, the pilot tried to deploy the front landing gear – first through its computer system, then 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, calling it a “technical fault”.

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“…they had to land with the back wheels … The pilot could land it skilfully,” he said. “There were no casualties.”

The plane was on its way from Yangon and started to approach Mandalay when the pilot noticed the landing gear problem. He proceeded to followed the procedure and burned out the excess fuel to reduce aircraft’s weight and decrease the risk of an explosion.

Embraer, a Brazilian company that provided the aircraft, stated that it was “offering its full cooperation to the aviation authorities in order to aid in the investigation”.

A very similar situation happened in 2011 in Warsaw, Poland when the landing gear of Boeing 767, of flight 16, failed to extend and the pilot was forced to burn out the excess fuel by circling in air above the landing strip.

There were 231 passengers and crew members on the plane and despite using the dangerous belly landing (occurring when an aircraft lands without its landing gear fully extended and uses its underside, or belly, as its primary landing device) all of the passengers were saved.

Polish flight 16 from Newark, New Jersey during the belly landing procedure

The UB-103 flight incident was the second instance of a malfunctioning Myanmar plane this week and some specialists put fault on heavy monsoons occurring in the region at the moment. Similar problems occurred in the past and were also caused by bad weather.

For now it would be wise to let go of any travel plans to countries in which heavy monsoon as it might be a severe danger to the health and safety of aircraft passengers.

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