Amazing Footage: Regional Jet Landed This Morning Without Its Nose Gear, Everyone Safe

Myanmar National Airlines flight UB103 from Yangon to Mandalay arrived on time Sunday morning — but the nose gear on the Embraer ERJ-190 failed to extend.

After a go-around and a failed attempt at an alternate gear extension plane entered a holding pattern to burn off fuel and then the crew executed a ‘nose up’ landing, where they keep the plane’s nose up as long as they can “bringing the aircraft to a halt on the runway on both main gear struts and the nose of the aircraft.”

Here is footage the purports to show the aircraft landing:

And here’s evacuation footage from inside the cabin:

On arrival smoke entered the passenger cabin. Everyone evacuated (only a handful brought their personal belongings with them off the aircraft). All 82 passengers and 7 crew on board got out safely, though the regional jet sustained significant damage. Landing gear malfunctions usually end well – though I’m surprised that the airport doesn’t appear to have been in a position to foam the runway to limit risk of fire.

It was only just Wednesday when a Biman Bangladesh Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 skidded off the runway at the Yangon airport and all 35 on board were injured (and 18 hospitalized, but since released).

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

More articles by Gary Leff »

Comments

  1. Wow. I know nothing about piloting, but to my uneducated eye it looks like the pilot did a pretty good job in terms of keeping the nose up while landing.

    I was in Myanmar earlier this year and took a few domestic flights on a competitor. It seemed like the airline was well run. And in researching the options beforehand, I got the same reports on MNA.

  2. Kudos to Myanmar, They burned off fuel before landing and I ddnt observe one overhead bin opened on the way out.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *