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Plane touches runway with landing gear at 90º and tires are destroyed



An ATR-72-500 crashed while landing at Saidpur Airport in Bangladesh. When the turboprop touched down, its wheels remained turned, causing severe damage to its nose landing gear, which locked at 90º.

Upon touching the asphalt, the aircraft’s tires burst.

Registered under the registration S2-AHF, the plane of the Bangladeshi company Novoair flew VQ-967 from the city of Dhaka to Saidpur, both in the Asian country. According to information released by The Aviation Herald, the ATR-72-500, which was carrying 69 passengers and 4 crew members, arrived at Saidpur airport and landed on runway 34 at 12:52 UTC.

Despite the difficulties, the pilots were able to keep the aircraft in the center of the airstrip until it came to a stop. Once the engines were off, the emergency teams moved to the plane.

The passengers were safely disembarked and none were injured. Then, the twin-engine was withdrawn from the scene by the Bangladeshi army, to assess the causes of the incident. Later, the runway received landings and takeoffs scheduled for Nov. 18 again.

Yesterday, November 24, the Bangladesh Aeronautical Institute (AIB) said the plane suffered minor damage. According to data from the flight tracking platform Radarbox, the plane remains on the ground almost a week after the accident.

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