Myanmar plane lands safely amid nose wheel failure

A MNA airplane has to make a belly landing at Mandalay International Airport after its nose wheel fails to extend

Following the incident, emergency vehicles surrounded the plane as it rested on its nose on the tarmac.

The Myanmar National Airlines plane skidded down the runway at Mandalay airport before grinding to a stop.

An NDTV report quoted Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Myanmar's civil aviation department as saying that the pilot had tried repeatedly to drop the landing gear of the aircraft at the front of the plane, first through its computer system, then manually.

U Kyaw San said the plane's pilot learned about the problem with the nose gear as he was preparing to land.

Captain Myat Moe Aung radioed traffic control to check if the wheels had deployed following the technical malfunction.

Ground staff watched on alarmed as the Embraer 190 had been circling the airport with only two set of landing gear deployed. The statement also said the pilot followed emergency procedures and dumped extra fuel before attempting to land.

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Passenger Soe Moe told the network: "Smoke came out a little when we landed..."

Sunday's incident comes days after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane skidded off a runway while landing at Yangon airport in a storm, injuring 11 passengers.

According to CNN, it took about 25 seconds before the plane stopped on the runway.

A police spokesman said: "One pilot, an air hostess and nine passengers were slightly injured".

All passengers and crew are reported safe and uninjured after a Myanmar National Airlines plane made a scheduled but emergency landing at Mandalay International Airport on only its rear landing wheels after the front landing gear failed to deploy.

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