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Old 11-01-2011, 01:39 PM
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Pilot lands Boeing 767 without wheels

Now this is a kind of crew I want when I am flying. WELL DONE





Terrifying landing for 230 passengers as Boeing 767 skids along runway on its belly after all its wheels fail to deploy

  • Astonishingly, nobody is injured in the emergency at Warsaw as pilot is hailed a hero by Poland's president
  • All flights cleared at capital's airport and nearby streets evacuated ahead of the landing



An aeroplane carrying 230 people was involved in a terrifying landing earlier today following a catastrophic equipment failure.
The pilot was forced to bring the Boeing 767 in to land at Warsaw airport with no wheels at all after all its landing gear failed. The aircraft skidded along the tarmac on its belly, sparks flying,and a fire broke out in the starboard engine before it came to a halt.
Incredibly nobody was injured in the crash and the captain, Tadeusz Wrona, has been hailed a hero by Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowsk.

Emergency services were waiting at the end of the runway to deal with any potential disaster. Fire crews swiftly dealt with a fire in one of the engines while all the people on board escaped without injury down the emergency chutes.

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Terrifying touch down: The Boeing 767 hits the ground in Warsaw this afternoon on its belly after a catastrophic failure of all its landing gear



Drama: Flames and sparks burst from the aircraft as it slides along the ground without any means of braking



Rescue: Fire engines spray fire retardant foam on the LOT Polish airlines plane after it comes to a standstill. Astonishingly none of the 230 people on board was injured

The pilot radioed ahead to let the control tower know there was a problem with deploying the landing gear. After several attempts, however, it was decided that the aircraft would have to come down without any wheels.
While the plane circled the Polish capital for an hour, dumping excess fuel and repeatedly trying to solve the problem, ground crews prepared for a crash landing, closing the airport to all other flights and clearing nearby streets. Fire crews also sprayed the runway with foam in a bid to prevent a fire from breaking out.

The pilot lifted the nose of the aircraft slightly as it approached the tarmac. As it slid along the runway, smoke billowed from the undercarriage followed by bright flashes from under the engines.
When it came to a halt, fire engines that were waiting along the sides and at the end of the tarmac rush towards the plane, dowsing it with foam. Meanwhile, passengers are quickly ushered off down the inflatable chutes on either side.
News channels and TV crews were on the scene soon after learning about the impending disaster and the incredible landing was beamed live around the world.

'All safety procedures worked perfectly fine and, thanks to this, nobody was injured,' said Leszek Chorzewski, spokesman for the Polish national flag carrier LOT, operator of the plane.

Miraculous: Passengers escaped down the plane's emergency chutes after the landing at Warsaw. No one was injured



Safe landing: The Boeing 767 came down on foam sprayed on the tarmac in an attempt to dampen any fires that broke out

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Great job by the pilots and crew.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:19 PM
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This used to take place about every six months in Fort Worth during the 50's. I can remember when 707's would fly over my house near Lake Worth and drop fuel so they could land at a foamed down runway at Carswell AFB.

It is nice to see it happens about once every 20 years now.
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Kudos to the Pilot and crew for a job well done.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:03 AM
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Anybody can land a plane without wheels. Now taking off without wheels, that's difficult.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:01 AM
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:33 PM
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Talk about getting the cart before the horse, we've had wheels for eons. What were they thinking? No, it flies like bird, you don't need no wheels...
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:35 PM
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Will that plane get a salvage title now?
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Talk about getting the cart before the horse, we've had wheels for eons. What were they thinking? No, it flies like bird, you don't need no wheels...
Its a Boeing. What do you expect?
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:32 PM
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Good design for this event. Almost no way to set up drag on only one wing as plane rocks side to side causing early cartwheeling.

There is so much money involved with landing gear failure to extend. You would think they would have acess to some form of manual backup designed in. Even slowly cranking the wheels down would be better and with the gravity assist manageable.

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