New onboard footage has emerged of the plane which crash landed without any landing gear in Warsaw (Video in the attachment).
On 1 November 2011 at 13:35 CET, LOT Polish Airlines Flight 016 was scheduled to arrive at Warsaw Chopin Airport from Newark Liberty International Airport when the approach was aborted due to the failure of the landing gear to deploy.
Captain Tadeusz Wrona, a thirty-year veteran pilot with twenty years of experience on the 767, and first officer Jerzy Szwarc informed Warsaw air traffic control (ATC) that they were unable to lower the landing gear due to a hydraulic systems failure. Warsaw ATC instructed them to circle the airport for over an hour and consume excess fuel in order to land light and 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 by alternative means (electrically and mechanically) failed.
The airport was evacuated for the arrival of the aircraft, roads around the airport were closed to accommodate emergency services. Flights which had been scheduled to land in Warsaw were diverted to Kraków, Katowice, Poznań, Łódź and Gdańsk or returned to their point of departure.
On board the LOT Polish Airlines 767-300ER were 231 people, eleven crew and 220 passengers.
At 14:40 CET the cockpit crew successfully performed an emergency landing at Warsaw Chopin Airport on Runway 33 with no loss of life while the aircraft sustained substantial damage in the accident. Upon landing, all 220 passengers were evacuated in 90 seconds.The airport remained closed to traffic until 4:00 CET, 3 November 2011 due to the effort of removing crash debris and inspection of the airport runways and aprons etc.The aircraft's landing gear was released by LOT technicians and the plane towed to a hanger for repairs and investigation. Poland's President Bronisław Komorowski congratulated and thanked the crew for their successful landing. The event is the first known belly landing of a Boeing 767.
The pilot of the LOT airlines plane has been hailed as a hero.Captain Tadeusz Wrona said he felt a "huge relief" once all those on board had safely evacuated the plane.But the pilot said he wondered if he might have completed the landing better.He told a news conference: "When I stopped on the runway, I still was not sure that everyone was safe because smoke and some burning from friction appeared on the ground."I felt huge relief when the head flight attendant reported that the plane was empty."
Interview with the pilot
The incident is currently being investigated, preliminary findings point to a failure in the hydraulic system and in the manual release system for the landing gear.
First officer Jerzy Szwarc (Left) and Captain Tadeusz Wrona (Right)
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Location: Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland (load item map)
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