Myanmar National Airlines flight UB103 from Yangon to Mandalay arrived on time Sunday morning — but the nose gear on the Embraer ERJ-190 failed to extend.
After a go-around and a failed attempt at an alternate gear extension plane entered a holding pattern to burn off fuel and then the crew executed a ‘nose up’ landing, where they keep the plane’s nose up as long as they can “bringing the aircraft to a halt on the runway on both main gear struts and the nose of the aircraft.”
Here is footage the purports to show the aircraft landing:
And here’s evacuation footage from inside the cabin:
On arrival smoke entered the passenger cabin. Everyone evacuated (only a handful brought their personal belongings with them off the aircraft). All 82 passengers and 7 crew on board got out safely, though the regional jet sustained significant damage. Landing gear malfunctions usually end well – though I’m surprised that the airport doesn’t appear to have been in a position to foam the runway to limit risk of fire.
It was only just Wednesday when a Biman Bangladesh Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 skidded off the runway at the Yangon airport and all 35 on board were injured (and 18 hospitalized, but since released).