Lucky landing in Brazil – level 3
It was a lucky escape for the crew and passengers on this jet, as it managed to make an emergency landing in Brasilia on Friday after its front landing gear failed to deploy.
None of the 49 passengers or crew of 5 on the Avianca Brazil Fokker 100 jet were injured in the landing, as the pilot managed to land the plane on its rear wheels before lowering the nose onto the runway.
The pilot had declared the emergency after spotting the fault and then circled the Brazilian capital to shed fuel and reduce the weight of the jet before attempting the landing.
After the plane successfully touched down, airport fire crews sprayed it with foam to prevent it from setting alight.
Because of the incident one of Brasilia airport’s runways was closed, delaying a number of flights into Brazil’s fourth largest airport.
Difficult words: landing gear (wheels), deploy (function), rear (at the back), spot (see), shed (to throw something away), alight (on fire).
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