Boeing belly lands in Warsaw

2011-11-01 18:18

Warsaw - A Boeing 767 from Newark, New Jersey, carrying 231 people on board made an emergency landing in Warsaw on Tuesday after its landing gear failed to open.

None of the passengers aboard the flight were injured, said Leszek Chorzewski, the spokesperson for LOT, the Polish airline that operated the flight.

The pilots discovered a problem with the chassis ahead of landing and circled above the airport for about one hour before landing the plane on its belly without its wheels, said Przemyslaw Przybylski, a spokesperson for the Warsaw airport.

A fire brigade laid out special material with fire-fighting substances for the plane to land on. After landing, small fires erupted under the plane but were immediately put out by firefighters.

Passengers could be seen rushing out of the plane. They were then taken to a medical centre to be examined by doctors, Przybylski said.

The airport has been closed until 08:00 on Wednesday.

Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski congratulated and thanked the pilot, Captain Tadeusz Wrona, and the rest of the crew for their successful landing.

- AP
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