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Video shows the scary moment a Boeing cargo plane skidded and threw up sparks when its landing gear failed to deploy properly

Pete Syme   

Video shows the scary moment a Boeing cargo plane skidded and threw up sparks when its landing gear failed to deploy properly
  • A FedEx Boeing 767 made a dramatic landing at Istanbul Airport due to failed nose gear.
  • The pilot contacted air traffic control for assistance; both pilots were evacuated and uninjured.

A FedEx cargo plane had to make a dramatic landing after its nose gear failed to deploy.

The Boeing 767 touched down at Istanbul Airport on Wednesday after flying from Paris Charles de Gaulle.

A video of the runway shows the jet touching down on its main landing gear, before leaning forward as the nose scrapes along the tarmac, producing smoke and sparks.

In a post on X, the Turkish transport minister, Abdulkadir Uraloğlu, said the pilot contacted air traffic control after the front landing gear wouldn't deploy. Airport staff helped guide the pilots to land, the minister added.

He also said that the two pilots were evacuated and found to be uninjured.

The runway was closed to other flights until the plane could be removed. Videos shared on Uraloğlu's X account show workers surrounding the 767, and the jet being lifted by a crane.

FedEx is one of the world's largest airlines, with a fleet of more than 700 jets for its cargo operations.

It is currently unclear what caused the landing gear's failure.

Boeing remains under heavy scrutiny worldwide as the planemaker struggles to regain trust after January's Alaska Airlines blowout.

However, because the 767 involved is a decade old, it is unlikely that the landing-gear malfunction is Boeing's fault, and is more likely to be down to an issue with its maintenance.



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