Thu, Oct 11, 2007
Small Fire Quickly Put Out, No Reported Casualties
An Egyptian airliner made a tense emergency landing in Istanbul
Thursday, after a problem was discovered with the MD-82's landing
Reuters reports the pilot of the AMC Airlines charter flight
from Egypt to Warsaw, Poland requested to land in Istanbul due to
The aircraft apparently made a belly landing, according to
conflicting news reports. It was not immediately clear whether the
landing gear problem was the original issue discovered by the crew,
or if it was an additional problem discovered while the aircraft
was approaching to land.
Istanbul Deputy Governor Mehmet Ali Ulutas told Turkey's
Anatolian news agency the aircraft caught fire as it overshot the
runway at Ataturk International. The small fire was quickly
extinguished, and there were no reported casualties among the 156
passengers and seven crew onboard.
"It will be difficult to remove the plane from the runway. The
plane will probably have to be dismantled," Ulutas said.
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