Myanmar pilot safely lands plane on its nose after landing gear failure

Passengers walk away from the plane after Myanmar National Airlines flight UB103 landed without a front wheel at Mandalay International Airport in Tada-u

"The pilot informed us shortly before landing that the plane's nose landing gear was not working", he said.

The pilot ended up saving all 89 passengers on board as the plane managed to make an emergency landing, against the odds.

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.

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The pilot followed emergency procedures, including dumping fuel to reduce landing weight, before touching down on the runway at around 9:00 a.m. local time.

In another video posted online, smoke could be seen coming into the cabin around a passenger's legs as many began rushing to the emergency exits to evacuate.

A statement on the airline's Facebook page explained that the plane's EICAS - Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System - indicated a failure of the front landing gear to deploy.

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The plane took off from Yangon International Airport at about 8am and landed at Mandalay Airport at 9am. "After circling nearly two times, the captain said they were going to make an emergency landing", he said.

The pilot tried a back-up emergency procedure to pull down the wheels, but that was unsuccessful. Rescue team gather near a plane of Myanmar National Airline (MNA) after an accident at Mandalay International airport Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Mandalay, Myanmar. "The pilot could land it skillfully", the report further quoted Aung as saying.

Ground staff watched on alarmed as the Embraer 190 had been circling the airport with only two set of landing gear deployed.

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"Myanmar National Airlines would like to express our deepest appreciation to all the passengers onboard and our crews", the airline said in the statement.

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