Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Pilot lands plane on its belly in Poland

A pilot and emergency services today averted a potential disaster by managing to land a plane on its belly at Warsaw Airport. The Polish LOT airlines flight from Newark suffered problems with its landing gear and the pilot circled the Boeing 767 above the airport for an hour whilst preparation was made for the emergency landing and jet fuel was dumped from the plane.

The fire brigade prepared for the emergency landing by laying out special flame retardent foam for the plane to land on. Thankfully no one was injured and the President of LOT Airlines, Marcin Pirog  said: 'There was no panic among the passengers. The cabin crew prepared them for the emergency landing well.'

Pirog also praised Captain Tadeusz Wrona and co-pilot Jerzy Szwartz for carrying out a 'perfect emergency landing' and the two piltos also received praise from Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski.

The airport is due to open from 8am tomorrow Wednesday 2nd November.

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