No Casualties As Pilot Pulls Off Emergency Landing Without Front Wheels

A pilot has been hailed a hero after pulling off an emergency landing with no front wheels.

The Myanmar Airlines pilot was forced to ground the plane in dramatic fashion in Mandalay, Myanmar, this (Sunday) morning after the landing equipment failed to deploy.

Footage shows the plane landing in impressively graceful fashion before its nose tips forwards and grinds along the ground, with the aircraft eventually coming to a halt further down the runway.


The pilot, Captain Myat Moe Aung, did two fly-bys prior to this so that air traffic controllers could see if the landing gear was down. He also attempted a backup procedure to deploy the gear but this failed too.

Despite nothing working for him, the captain managed to land safely by dumping fuel to reduce weight on landing and nobody on board sustained an injury - with the Daily Mail reporting there were a total of 89 people on the flight.

In a post on their Facebook page, Myanmar Airlines explained the procedure the pilot followed and thanked all passengers and crew on board.

The pilot managed to land the plane without front wheels. Credit: Myanmar Airlines
The pilot managed to land the plane without front wheels. Credit: Myanmar Airlines

The post read: "On 12/05/2019 at 0715AM, UB103 RGN-MDL, Embraer 190 XYAGQ was flown by Captain Myat Moe Aung, FO Myo Thiha Aung, FO Kaung Set Lwin, Purser Cherry Myint and 3 cabin crew.

"The Captain made RNAV approach RW17 to MDL, but when the landing gear was activated by EICAS message, it turned out the nose landing gear was malfunctioning and couldn't be activated.

"The Captain then activated the emergency landing gear down procedure, but it was still not working. He did two flight paths in front of ATC to check whether the nose landing gear was down or not.

"Then the Captain followed emergency procedures and did the fuel burn out to reduce the landing weight."

Nobody on board the flight was injured. Credit: Myanmar Airlines
Nobody on board the flight was injured. Credit: Myanmar Airlines

The post continued: "At 0909AM, UB103 RGN-MDL, Embraer 190 XYAGQ flown by Captain Myat Moe Aung, FO Myo Thiha Aung, FO Kaung Set Lwin, Purser Cherry Myint and 3 cabin crew safely landed at Mandalay airport with no casualties and no injuries onboard. The passengers were evacuated with proper emergency evacuations by the cabin crew as well.

"Myanmar National Airlines would like to express our deepest appreciation to all the passengers onboard and our crews.

"We will continue to strive to keep all UB flights on higher safety standards and to offer safe journeys to our passengers."

Just days ago, another plane crash-landed at Myanmar's Yangon Airport, with the aircraft sliding off the runway and injuring 11 people.

Featured Image Credit: Myanmar National Airlines

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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