Warsaw airport in the polish capital remains closed today after a Boeing 767 with 231 passengers and crew on board was forced to make an emergency landing without any wheels.
Video footage showed the plane – operated by national carrier LOT – sliding on its belly along the runway, triggering sparks, smoke and small fires from the plane’s undercarriage, after all of the jet’s landing gear units – the main gears and the nose gear failed to extend.
None of the passengers and crew were injured on the flight, which had departed from Newark in New Jersey.
When the landing gear malfunction became known to the flight crew, the plane circled Warsaw airport for more than an hour to dump fuel and prevent a fire on landing.
Emergency services also prepared for the emergency landing by spraying the runway with special flame retardant foam, which quickly extinguished the small fires and sparks as the plane dragged along the runway.
LOT airlines president Marcin Pirog said that Captain Tadeusz Wrona and co-pilot Jerzy Szwartz carried out a “perfect emergency landing” which prevented anyone from being injured.
He said: “It is the first time a LOT plane had to land without the landing gear out and such landings do not always end well.”