Boeing 787 Nose Gear Collapses, Flight Attendant Injured Yesterday

Last year a Singapore Airlines Airbus A330 retracted while the aircraft was undergoing a check.

Now, a plane can land without a nose gear if it really has to.

This Iran Air pilot lands like a boss. With no landing gear deployed at the plane’s nose, it touches down perfectly and slows down before lowering the plane’s nose and coming to a stop. There are no sparks as the plane hits the runway so while I cannot tell from the video the airport’s emergency response must have included foam of some kind.

I couldn’t even tell anything was wrong until 20 seconds into the video. But from 28 to 50 seconds it’s amazing. Watch:

But a plane certainly isn’t going to be able to taxi out and take off without a working nose gear. Via Aviation Herald, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 flight ET-702 had finished boarding and was preparing for departure when “the aircraft settled on its nose after the nose gear collapsed.”

Via Aviation Herald

A flight attendant reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident. The plane suffered non-minor injuries.

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