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Video courtesy: http://www.youtube.com/farhadswiss

The
captain of an Iran Air Boeing 727 has managed to land his aircraft at
Tehran's Mehrabad airport even though its nose landing gear failed to
unfold. Captain Hooshang Shahbazi's piloting skill saved the lives of
some 94 passengers and 19 crew members. Footage of the miraculous
landing on October 18 became an internet sensation and Shahbazi's
Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/shahbazi200 ) has attracted hundreds of new friends.

The
flight IR-742 from Moscow, Sheremetyevo was on approach to Tehran's
Imam Khomeini Airport around when the crew did not receive a down and
locked indication for the nose gear and aborted the approach. Following
unsuccessful troubleshooting the crew decided to divert to Tehran's
Mehrabad Airport where a low approach confirmed the nose gear was not
extended. The crew subsequently performed a landing without the nose
gear and came to a stand still on both main gear and the nose of the
aircraft. The aircraft was evacuated, no injuries occurred.


Added: Oct-28-2011 Occurred On: Oct-18-2011
By: kdubkelly
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Tags: Hooshang Shahbazi pilot, emergency landing, landing nose gear, iran, tehran, flight IR-742, Moscow Tehran flight, plane crash landing, Iran Mehrabad Airport
Location: Tehran, Tehran, Iran (load item map)
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  • Pilot did a great job touching down the nose gently and minimizing damage, but calling this a "miracle" is a bit of a stretch.

    Airplanes have been landed with gear up many times in the past and it is extremely rare that people get hurt in these situations.

    The landing gear is not really there to help the airplane land, it is there to help it takeoff again with minimal maintenance work.

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  • I don't mean to be "negative", but I think "miracle" is a bit much for this. Landing an aircraft like that, without the nose gear deployed, is one of the most basic emergency procedures every pilot is trained to deal with. Not only that, but of all of the failed-gear scenarios, this one probably has the lowest risk of incidental dangers.

    I'm sorry, but I'm not impressed. The man simply did his job.

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  • good landing but the pilot needs to be fired for setting off without the landing gear in the first place.

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  • The amount of "Allah Akhbars!" being screamed by the passengers inside as he was coming in would`ve been nothing short of extraordinary.

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  • Sry dude, http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ec2_1319630666

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  • A pilot from Iran who SAVES life ?? The end is near my friends....

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  • Pilot did a good job keeping the nose up as long as possible. Bled a lot of energy. Saved lives.

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  • That was beautiful.

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  • Miracle nothing! That shit was TEXTBOOK! Great pilot and crew.

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  • First class airmanship.

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  • Great landing - kudos.

    Iran Air is still flying Boeing 272's? I guess it's a technological step up from DC3's

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  • Too bad they didn't try to land at an alternate landing field... like the fucking Kaaba in Makkah, Mecca!

    Now that would have been spectacular!

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  • The pilot should have instructed the passangers to move to the rear of the plane, an then upon landing it would have just been balanced on the main gear and no damage would have been done to the nose of the plane.

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  • Wow! Buy than man a beer!

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  • "Ace"?! "Saves lives"?! Oh come on, belly landing and nose wheel gear up landings are routine. Give me a break.

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