In a first, a jet landed safely on its nose, without its front wheels. The landing gear of the aircraft of the Myanmar Airlines failed to operate, knocking down the machine in an emergency landing. The pilot was lauded for the safe landing, which injured none of the 89 passengers, including seven members of the crew. Airbus Embraer 190 was arriving from the city of Yangon, one of the largest cities of Myanmar before the accident. Even after following emergency procedures, the pilot was unable to avoid the landing gear malfunction, by not being able to extend the front gear. Reports suggest the pilot burned fuel in order to lessen the weight of the aircraft. Finally, the machine touched the runway on its rear wheels. Embraer 190 skidded for about twenty-five seconds before it halted. Allegedly, the pilot flew twice past the airport communicating with air traffic controllers, in order to check if the landing gear was down.
This is a second aviation incident experienced in the Southeastern Asian nation of Myanmar within a week. Previously on Wednesday an accident of Biman Bangladesh Airlines was reported. The aircraft skidded on the runaway at Yangon’s international airport amidst storm, hurting at least seventeen people. Win Khant, Myanmar’s transport minister was reported to make a statement, “The pilot did a great job.” In another statement by Deputy Director General of Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department, Ye Htut Aung said the pilot tried to drop the landing gear initially through a computer, as well as manually. He referred to the accident as a ‘technical fault’. The pilot allegedly tried to check whether the aircraft’s nose wheel would drop, but in the end they had to land on the rear wheels.
Another report suggested that the Myanmar National Airlines are inspecting the aircraft via a team of engineers. The reasons for the accident has been attributed to bad weather conditions during the monsoon season. Another incident suggested of a military plane crash in 2017 into the Andaman Sea. The accident had allegedly injured 122 people.