Emergency plane landing in Romania; all 51 safe

March 1, 2009 04:05

A Romanian plane carrying 51 people made a safe emergency landing in western Romania and all the occupants escaped injury, officials said. The Carpatair flight's front landing gear became stuck and the plane circled Timisoara International Airport for almost two hours Saturday, using up its fuel to avoid a potential fire before it landed on a 200-meter long bed of foam laid out by firefighters, officials said. One of the pilots later said they were about 10 kilometers from the airport when they discovered they had a problem with the landing gear, and alerted the aviation authorities. "We did our job without feeling like heroes," Moldovan pilot Iurie Oleacov told reporters. "We weren't scared, we are trained for these kinds of situations." But Oleacov, 37, said he had never encountered this situation outside of training sessions. "All the passengers are OK. They were calm," he added.

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