Lufthansa plane lands without nose-wheel

24th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2007, Munich (dpa) - A Lufthansa airliner landed Friday evening in Munich without deploying its nose-wheel, but German police said all 64 passengers and four crew members survived the emergency unharmed.

24 September 2007

Munich (dpa) - A Lufthansa airliner landed Friday evening in Munich without deploying its nose-wheel, but German police said all 64 passengers and four crew members survived the emergency unharmed.

The propeller-driven aircraft, flying from Munich to Florence, had almost reached the Italian city when the pilot found that the forward undercarriage could not be extended.

After a decision that the plane could not land in that state at an Italian airport, the plane flew back over the Alps to Munich airport, where an emergency was called and rescue crews stood by.

The pilot touched down at 19:52 pm (1752 GMT) and allowed the nose to drag on the runway until the plane stopped. The occupants then left the aircraft and were taken away by buses.

"No one was hurt," a police spokesman said. The passengers were taken to a reserved terminal and were offered counselling. There was no immediate word on the extent of damage to the plane.

DPA

Subject: German news

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