Myanmar passenger jet lands safely after landing gear fails

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

Media reports say, this was second instanced of malfunctioning of a flight that has happened within a week in Myanmar.

Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103 - an Embraer-190 model - touched the ground at around 9am in Mandalay, a city popular among foreign tourists.

A video of the plane landing shows the pilot bring the nose of the plane down after touchdown and sparks flying before it slowly comes to a halt.

The aircraft had departed from Yangon and was approaching Mandalay when the pilot was unable to extend the front landing gear.

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"The pilot did a great job", said Win Khant, permanent secretary of Myanmar's Ministry of Transport and Communications, adding that the incident was being investigated.

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.

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

A military plane crashed into the Andaman Sea in 2017 with 122 people on board - one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the country's history - and the authorities attributed it to bad weather. "Smoke came out a little when we landed. The pilot could land it skillfully", he said.

It's been a rough week for air travel in Myanmar, with a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight sliding off the runway at Yangon International Airport on Wednesday.

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