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A Boeing 767 on a flight from Newark, New Jersey, made a dramatic emergency landing at Warsaw, Poland's Frederic Chopin International airport Tuesday after problems with its landing gear.
"Captain Tadeusz Wrona and co-pilot Jerzy Szwartz carried out a perfect emergency landing, which prevented anyone from being injured."
On 1 November 2011 at 13:35 CET, LOT Polish Airlines Flight 016, a Boeing 767-300ER, registered SP-LPC, was on approach to Warsaw Chopin Airport Runway 33 from Newark Liberty International Airport when the approach was aborted due to the failure of the landing gear to deploy. The cockpit crew successfully performed an emergency landing at the airport with no loss of life while the aircraft sustained substantial damage in the accident.
Warsaw ATC instructed them to circle the airport for thirty minutes and jettison excess fuel to allow time for emergency services on ground to prepare for the emergency landing. Visual verification by two Polish Air Force F-16 fighter jets showed that none of the landing gear were down, attempts to lower the gear alternatively (electrically and mechanically) failed
The captain, Tadeusz Wrona, has been hailed a hero by Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowsk, as well as by the airport staff and the Polish media. LOT airlines president, Marcin Pirog, said that Captain Tadeusz Wrona and co-pilot Jerzy Szwartz carried out a 'perfect emergency landing,' which prevented anyone from being injured.
'It is the first time a LOT plane had to land without the landing gear out,' said Pirog, before adding that such landings do not always end well.
Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski congratulated and thanked the crew and emergency workers for ensuring no one was hurt.
'I thank everyone with my whole heart in the name of Poland,' said Komorowski.
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