News coming out of Mandalay International Airport in Myanmar indicates a Myanmar National Airlines E190 made an emergency landing with the nose gear retracted. Thankfully, Myanmar National Airlines reported no injuries or casualties.
Myanmar National Airlines flight 103 was in service from Yangon International Airport to Mandalay International Airport. The aircraft in question – registered as XYAGQ – is a 10-year-old Embraer 190 aircraft. As the flight prepared for landing, the cockpit crew was alerted to a landing gear malfunction. The nose gear would not deploy. Consequently, this led to an emergency landing.
According to a statement posted on Myanmar National Airlines’ Facebook page, the captain attempted the emergency landing gear down procedure. However, the malfunction persisted. In addition, the captain did two flybys of the control tower who confirmed the nose landing gear had not been deployed.
The captain then proceeded to make an emergency landing at Mandalay International Airport with the nose gear still retracted.
As a result, the crew initiated an emergency evacuation. Some passengers filmed the event.
Evacuation footage from Myanmar National Airlines flight #UB103, the Embraer 190 which landed with its nose gear retracted earlier today at Mandalay airport, Myanmar. https://t.co/6MgQAQmy0n pic.twitter.com/28t90FOzIO
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) May 12, 2019
In the cockpit were Captain Myat Moe Aung, First Officers Myo Thiha Aung and Kaung Set Lwin. Service in the cabin was conducted by Purser Cherry Myint and three other cabin crew personnel.
Cabin crew play an integral role in any emergency. Whether it be severe turbulence or an attempted hijacking, cabin crew are the ones passengers turn to for instruction and safety. While many passengers assume their primary role is service, flight attendants play a vital role in keeping all passengers safe.
Myanmar National Airlines
The airline began service in 1948 as the Union of Burma Airways. Then, in 1989, Myanmar National Airlines underwent its first rebranding as “Myanmar Airways”. Finally, in 2014, Myanmar Airlines was rebranded into its current form: Myanmar National Airlines.
After seeing some horrific incidents lately, it is relieving that there were no fatalities or injuries. Moreover, it appears from images that the crew managed to maintain their composure during the incident.
Simple Flying hopes to see this E190 back in service soon!
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All images came from Myanmar National Airlines Facebook