Video Shows 767 Belly Landing in Poland
November 3, 2011 – A LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767 was forced to land gear-up Tuesday at Warsaw Chopin Airport after its landing gear would not extend. None of the 231 people on board was injured after the aircraft, which originated in Newark, New Jersey, circled the airport for an hour to troubleshoot and dump fuel. Polish Air Force F-16 escorts assisted the flight crew in visually inspecting the outside of the aircraft. The landing on the foam-covered runway was uneventful, save for a few sparks and smoke.
The Polish State Commission on Aircraft Accident Investigation is leading the investigation and has so far not issued any statements about what caused the gear to malfunction. The plane came to rest close enough to an intersecting runway that it shut down the airport for 30 hours, causing delays for thousands of travelers.
LOT’s only comment about a possible cause of the incident was that the plane suffered a “central hydraulic system failure,” according to Boston.com. LOT Airlines President Marcin Pirog said that the particular 767 involved in the incident was the youngest aircraft in its 52-plane fleet. Representatives from Boeing are in Poland assisting in the investigation.
Video Courtesy: Russia Today