It used only its rear wheels after the front landing gear failed to deploy. The plane’s nose tilted down to scrape the runway, sending off a shower of sparks as it slowed to a stop. Previously the pilot tried a backup emergency procedure to pull down the wheels but that was unsuccessful. Rescue team and firefighters were at the runway. All 82 passengers and seven crew members aboard Flight UB103 from Yangon were declared safe and uninjured. The captain followed emergency procedures to dump fuel to reduce the landing weight. “The pilot did a great job,” said Win Khant, permanent secretary of transportation and telecommunication ministry.
The pilot was Captain Myat Moe Aung. Myanmar National Airlines, the state-run carrier, said in a statement the aircraft had departed from the city of Yangon. Flight operations at the Mandalay airport were temporarily suspended, and allowed to resume after about 2 ½ hours for smaller aircraft. It was the second aviation incident in Myanmar this week, after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane skidded off the runway during strong wind in Yangon on Wednesday, injuring at least 17 of those on board.