This past Tuesday a possible disaster was turned into smooth landing as LOT Polish Boeing 767-35D/ER, Flight 16, from Newark (EWR) to Warsaw (WAW), landed at Warsaw Chopin Airport with no landing gear.
LOT Polish Flight 16 pushed off its gate at Newark Liberty Airport two minutes ahead of schedule on the 31st of October, at 11:53pm EST and was wheels-up for Warsaw, Poland, at 12:20am on the 1st of November … however when the wheels went up they were not to come down again.
Shortly after take off the LOT Polish flight crew noted a hydraulic problem with their Boeing 767-35D/ER (SP-LPC), and the decision was made to continue the 4,278 mile flight as the aircraft was flying without problems and the aircraft needed to burn off its fuel as to not land heavy.
As LOT Flight 16 approached Warsaw the crew became aware that none of their landing gear would not down and the airport spend an hour preparing for the arrival of the aircraft, with LOT Flight 16 flew erratic patterns in the skies over Poland to continue to burn off fuel.
At 2:38pm CET, 63 minutes later than the flight’s scheduled arrival time, the Captain of LOT Polish Flight 16 put his aircraft down on Runway 33 in the smoothest landing passengers could expect … even if the wheels were down. The aircraft was intact, engines remained on the wings, no fatalities and a single small friction fire was extinguished almost immediately.
So how smooth was this landing? Watch for yourself in the two videos below. The first video if the aircraft landing as seen by outside observers, the second video was shot inside the cabin and is unbelievable.
How smooth was the landing for the aircraft itself? The 14.5 year old aircraft that first flew on the 5th of May 1997 and was delivered to LOT Polish on the 15th of May 1997, is likely to be repaired and return to service … however its two GE CF6-80CB6 engines will need to be replaced.