A pilot safely landed a passenger plane without using its front wheels after they failed to deploy on arrival at the airport.
None of the 82 passengers and seven flight crew were injured during the incident at Mandalay International Airport.
Myanmar National Airlines said in a statement that the pilot, Captain Myat Moe Aung, was alerted to the problem by the plane’s Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System (EICAS).
He informed the control tower and tried a backup emergency procedure to pull down the wheels on the Brazilian-made Embraer 190-LR.
The pilot then carried out two fly-bys of the runway to allow air controllers to check visually whether the landing gear had deployed.
After dumping fuel to reduce the landing weight, he brought the aircraft in to land on its rear wheels before the nose slowly tipped down to make contact with the runway at 9.09am on Sunday.
“The pilot did a great job,” said Win Khant, permanent secretary of transportation and telecommunication ministry.
A video posted online by one of the passengers showed smoke spreading through the plane before they evacuated the aircraft.
Several of the passengers were smiling as they walked away from the plane.
Flight operations at the airport were suspended for several hours as a result of the incident, which is now under investigation.
“Myanmar national airlines would like to thank all passengers and our crew on board,” the company said in a statement.
Last week a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane skidded off the runway after landing in bad weather in Yangon. At least 15 crew and passengers were injured.
Additional reporting by AP and Reuters
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