Myanmar: No Front Wheels Aircraft Flying to Mandalay Lands Safely
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Myanmar: No Front Wheels Aircraft Flying to Mandalay Lands Safely 

Last updated on May 16th, 2019

Captain Myat Moe Aung, pilot to Myanmar Airlines Flight 103, successfully landed the aircraft heading from Yangon to Mandalay on Sunday. The Embraer-190 model with no front wheels was carrying around 82 passengers along with seven crewmembers. The engineers sent by Myanmar National Airlines would be examining the breakdown of the aircraft.

Despite the failure in aircraft’s landing gear, the pilot safely put the jet on the runaway with no front wheels and landed in Mandalay around nine in the morning. The unexpected technical fault in the plane raises questions on its credibility even though no one was injured.

Another similar instance of flight’s malfunctioning took place in the country a few days back. During a storm, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines Q400 plane skidded off a runway while landing at Yangon airport, Myanmar, causing injuries to 11 passengers. The Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 plane was travelling from Dhaka Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport to Yangon International Airport on May 8.

Myat Moe Aung did a commendable job in successfully landing the plane. The citizens of Myanmar have been largely calling him a hero. The landing video was made viral on the social media sites, which revealed the graceful landing before the plane’s nose dipped gradually to the runway, and the craft slowly grounded to a halt.

Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Myanmar’s civil aviation department, said that the pilot had tried to deploy the front landing gear repeatedly, through its computer system and manually, but largely failed.

 “They tried hard twice by flying around twice and asked [the flight tower] to check whether the nose wheel dropped or not,” Ye Htut Aung said, calling it a “technical fault”.

“So they had to land with the back wheels … The pilot could land it skilfully,” he said. “There were no casualties”, he added.   

Embraer, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, asserted to provide full cooperation to the aviation authorities in order to aid in the investigation of the aircraft’s parts.

Passenger Soe Moe said: “Smoke came out a little when we landed … All passengers are OK.”

Mandalay’s aircraft incident was a life-threatening experience for all the passengers. It seems that the climate change in the country has always caused problems for commercial and military flights.

Recently, people in Myanmar have had dire experiences, ultimately leading to their loss of trust in the authorities. Only strict and stern measures to avoid such terrible circumstances in the future might help an individual feel more comfortable while travelling by air.

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