A spokesman for Warsaw's international airport said Wednesday that a Polish plane on a domestic flight made a safe emergency landing with a malfunctioning front wheel and no one was hurt.
Emergency services were called to the scene after a Polish Airlines flight from Krakow to Warsaw reported landing gear issues to ground control. The son of one of the 59 passengers on board, Martin Ino, tweeted a picture of the plane prone on the tarmac while firefighters sprayed fire retardant around the cabin. The airport reopened at around 11:10pm local time.
Warsaw Chopin Airport spokesman Adrian Kubicki said 59 passengers and four crew members on board got off unaided and were in good condition. He said the pilot warned of problems with the wheel while on approach to the airport around 7 p.m. local time (1800 GMT.)
A passenger aboard another flight posted footage of the tarmac to Instagram. In the accompanying post, the passenger said that his Ryanair flight had been scheduled to take off from Chopin at 7:40pm local time. He also said that all services in and out of the airport had been postponed as the plane has come to a stop across both runways.
The airport was closed and the runway was sprayed with foam in preparation for the emergency landing. Arriving flights were redirected to other cities, while all departing flights were postponed. The Polish airline LOT plane was flying from the southern city of Krakow.
A special aviation commission will investigate the incident.
The last time Warsaw airport witnessed an emergency landing on the aircraft’s belly was in 2011, when LOT’s Boeing 767-300ER flying from Newark was unable to extend its wheels. There were no casualties.