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article imageJapanese Passenger Plane In Trouble Over Airport

By Carolyn E. Price     Mar 12, 2007 in Travel
An All Nippon Airways commercial jetliner carrying 60 people is being forced to make an emergency landing without being able to use the landing gear in the nose of the plane.
A Bombardier DHC-8 turboprop plane carrying 60 people is circling over an airport in Kochi, Japan because it is experiencing landing gear problems.
The All Nippon Airways commercial plane left Osaka airport this morning, bound for Kochi airport, with 56 passengers and four crew aboard, ANA spokesman Kunio Shibata said.
The plane appears to have only its rear wheels down and the nose gear is believed to be stuck. The plane has been practicing its approaches to the runway and then pullls up at the last moment. It was not made clear whether the pilot was practising a touchdown or just trying to use up fuel.
"We're doing our best to land safely,'' ANA spokesman Daisuke Kato said.
The cause of the failure is not yet known.
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