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Brazilian plane makes emergency landing with no front wheels

Published on Mar 29, 2014 9:31 AM
Avianca Airlines flight AV6393 after its emergency landing at the Juscelino Kubitschek international airport in Brasilia on March 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  

BRASILIA (REUTERS) - An Avianca Airlines passenger jet safely made an emergency landing in Brasilia on Friday after its front landing gear failed to deploy, authorities said.

None of the 49 passengers and crew of five on the Fokker 100 jet were injured when the plane landed on its rear wheels before lowering the nose onto the runway, the Brazilian Air Force said.

Airport fire crews foamed the plane to prevent fire.

The pilot calmly declared an emergency and circled the Brazilian capital to shed fuel and lower the weight of the aircraft, according to a recording of his conversation with the control tower played on Globo News television channel.

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