November 1st, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Plane makes emergency landing in Poland; all passengers safe

A Boeing 767 plane made a dramatic emergency landing at Warsaw, Poland's Frederic Chopin International airport after problems with its landing gear, an airport spokeswoman said Tuesday.

All the passengers on the flight, from New Jersey's Newark airport to Warsaw, are safe and uninjured, she told CNN.

The LOT Polish Airlines flight, which had been due to land at 1:35 local time, circled above the airport for an hour before coming down in a belly landing at 2:40, she said.

There were 230 people aboard the flight, Poland's TVN broadcaster said.

soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Ronaldo The Drunken Pilot

    I always land my planes like this, landing gear is a crutch!

    November 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Malik Al Spaghetti

    The pilots did very well indeed. The aircraft was apparently well balanced which greatly aided in a successful landing w/o gear.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jake Brodsky

    Of the pilots who fly retractable gear aircraft, there are those who have made gear-up landings and those who will.

    This is something that most pilots train for at some time in their career. You never know when mechanical failure may strike, or when you might need to belly the aircraft in (as Captain Sullenberger and First Officer Skiles did on the Hudson River).

    November 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. guest

    Thanks God it ended without casualties. Probably half of Poland was watching it live on the news programs (it is a holiday in Poland today) for at least half an hour before the landing and praying for the passengers' safety. The news spread on internet an hour before, that the aircraft was having trouble and thery were preparing the airport.
    Actually the pilotof this palne is a known glider pilot apart from being the commercial pilot and this must have helped him to land safely.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kris

    More video:

    November 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gerry

    How many radical islamic airplane mechanics work at Newark airport? May want to check out that angle also, since it could have been sabotage. Just sayin'.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe Hadenuff


    November 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bruce

    Once again Mary Schiavo proves she doesn't know what she is talking about. I am an airline pilot and have NEVER trained to land gear up! It is in the emergency book and I have read about it but we don't practice it in the airplane or the simulator.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lan

    If it's not Boeing, I'm not going.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Taxpayer550

    Who the heck is the CNN interviewer in this video?
    What a condescending, vacuous, moron!

    November 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    Dude, my brother has tools! We can fix that.
    Can you name it?

    November 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Fast Times

      November 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kasia

    All I have to say is that LOT needs to STOP using these old planes and stop their services until they purchase new equipment. LOT reports technical problems with their planes on a weekly basis. In August, I was supposed to fly out to Poland on LOT airplane which never left Warsaw due to technical problems. I was put on Lufthansa airplane and safely landed in Warsaw. On my way back to US again, another LOT plane had technical problems. Sure enough, my flight was delayed and I was flying out the following day. I hear these stories all the time from people who use LOT. Risking 230 people's life’s by putting them on a plane with problems is just not right! They know very well what is going on. It’s not like these planes can be fixed within an hour and considered good to go. Another example of a LOT plane leaving Newark, due to technical problems 2 hours into the flight had to turn around, land in New York, fix the issue and took off again! Are they serious???? I end up complaining and getting my money back but if these people died today no money will compensate for the loss of innocent people. Polish pilots are excellent and they are the only one who should get any credit for today’s success landing. Shame on the company they have to work for….

    November 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      this plane is 14 years in service – it's not old.
      Check info about what's going on before you post untrue info.

      November 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marek

      15 years for an aircraft is not old you dits. Get your info straight first. LOT has very high safety standards and an excellent safety record. The two major crashes in recent history happened to Soviet built aircraft with inadequte materials used in turbine construction. After that switching to western built aircraft, LOT has had an excellent record.

      November 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lukas

      You are absolutely right, last time I was flying LOT to USA was the same thing, the plane was very old and there was a lot of issues with it. On the other hand the EU LOT fleet is almost new , but I m not taking chances again on intercontinental flight. I think they said on TV this aircraft was 16 years old which is not that old, but on the other hand on polish tv they was a lot of talk of how great the pilot was ( which is true) but none about the old fleet issue.

      November 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boeing

      Sweet cakes – the 767 is a new plane...........agh....

      November 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kasia

      Lukasz you should file a complaint to LOT. You can get 600 EURO back! I did!

      November 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kasia

      John, I don't care how old the plane was. The issue is that they have technical issues with their planes every freakin week! What is it going to take? 230 dead before they realize that it is time to give these poor pilots new equipment???

      November 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • mk

      kasia, perhaps you should try some other airlines (on a more or less regular basis) – you'd see things are not any different with them.

      November 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mk

      as somebody already said, 767 is not an old airplane. LOT has a good fleet, and you are misinformed.

      November 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leszek

      zastanów się kto jest producentem tych samolotów i nie pisz głupot

      Consider who is the manufacturer of the aircraft and do not write stupid

      November 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ranger01

    The pilot did a great job!

    November 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kasia

      Captain Tadeusz Wrona is 53 years old. He did an awesome job!

      November 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Vince

    Sullenberg was NOT a hero. The definition of a hero is a person who puts HIS OWN LIFE IN DANGER to save others. Sullenberg saved his OWN life by landing the plane on the water. I'm not saying he did for selfish reasons, but WE'LL NEVER KNOW will we? STOP calling him a hero. It degrades all those who were and are heroes.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Vince, you are a dunce. As a pilot, Sullenberger knew that he was in charge of getting people to their destination safely when they flew on his plane. He did everything in his ability to made sure that the loss of life would have been minimized by ditching in the Hudson as opposed to returning to the airport as had been suggested by air control. If he was really concerned with himself he would have tried to take the easy route and try to return to the airport to try to land on a solid runway all the while flying over a populated area. He didn't do that. Stop being lame.

      November 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eldon

      How is he not a Hero? He saved his life and all aboard. If you are ever in the position of being a passenger on a plane like that – You would not thank him because he was selfish for saving himself and you? You do NOT know the definition of a Hero.

      November 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kasia

      Well maybe definition of HERO needs to be changed. Anyone who saves anyones life one way or the other is a HERO to me. Rick I am with you!

      November 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas

    Sorry guys...

    I just forgot to re connect the landing gear after I worked on it yesterday...

    my bad !!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      What the f ?????

      November 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
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