Dramatic footage shows terrifying moment passengers cower in terror as Boeing 767 lands and skids along runway on its belly
The Daily Mail
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- Giant aeroplane carrying 230 people nearly crashed in November 2011
- It ran into trouble between Newark, New Jersey, and Warsaw, Poland
- Passengers were sobbing and texting their goodbyes to relatives
By LEON WATSON
UPDATED: 22:01, 9 February 2013
Dramatic new footage has emerged of the moment passengers cowered in terror as a giant Boeing 767 was forced into an emergency landing.
The aeroplane carrying 230 people suffered catastrophic equipment failure while flying from Newark, New Jersey, to Warsaw, Poland, in November 2011.
The pilot was forced to bring it in to land at Warsaw airport with no wheels after all its landing gear failed and the aircraft skidded along the tarmac on its belly.
Sparks flew and a fire broke out in the starboard engine before it came to a halt. But, incredibly, nobody on the flight was injured.
Eighteen months on and footage has emerged from inside the cabin as the plane hit the runway. Terrified passengers had been fully aware there was a major problem and the aircraft was in trouble.
American business class passenger told MSNBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams he texted his wife Michelle to tell her there was a problem and that he loved her.
He told her: ‘We’re making an emergency landing, I think we will be OK. I love you and thank God for you and our children. I am sorry to text you this but I love you so much.’
As the situation unfolded emergency services were waiting at the end of the runway to deal with any potential disaster, while two F-16 fighter jets escorted it to the ground.
The pilot had radioed ahead to let the control tower know there was a problem with deploying the landing gear. After several attempts, however, it was decided that the aircraft would have to come down without any wheels.
While the plane circled the Polish capital for an hour, dumping excess fuel and repeatedly trying to solve the problem, ground crews prepared for a crash landing, closing the airport to all other flights and clearing nearby streets.
Waiting fire crews also sprayed the runway with foam in a bid to prevent a fire from breaking out.
The pilot lifted the nose of the aircraft slightly as it approached the tarmac. As it slid along the runway, smoke billowed from the undercarriage followed by bright flashes from under the engines.
When it came to a halt, fire engines that were waiting along the sides and at the end of the tarmac rushed towards the plane, dowsing it with foam. Meanwhile, passengers were quickly taken off down the inflatable chutes on either side.
News channels and TV crews were on the scene soon after learning about the emergency and the incredible landing was beamed live around the world.
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.
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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