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Flight makes emergency landing in Poland

November 2, 2011, 03:55 pm

A Polish LOT Boeing 767 made a crash landing at the Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, today, shutting down the airport, but injuring none of the 231 passengers on the plane, according to Business Week. The plane, flying from Newark, New Jersey, landed on its belly and skidded down the runway, but passengers said the emergency landing was executed well.

Captain Tadeusz Wrona executed the crash landing perfectly, according to Marcin Pirog, the CEO of LOT airlines. The source notes that the plane's landing gear failed, forcing Wrona to circle the Chopin Airport for an hour to burn off excess fuel before crash landing. Military jets flew around the commercial jet, confirming the problem with the landing gear visually.

LOT officials speculate that a problem with hydraulics likely led to the landing gear's failure, a very rare failure, according to experts.

"It’s a rare event," David Learmount, a former Royal Air Force pilot and safety editor at Flight International magazine told the source. "You could fly every day of your life and it wouldn’t happen."

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