Thai navy plane makes emergency landing despite failure of front wheel, all aboard reported safe

BANGKOK, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- A Thai navy airplane made an emergency landing without a front wheel at work on the runway of a southern airport on Tuesday.

Despite the failure of its front wheel, the Thai navy's F27 Mk 200 Anti-Submarine Warfare plane practically landed on the runway of the airport in Narathiwat province with its two pilots and 12 passengers being reported safe, said navy spokesman Vice Adm. Prachachat Sirisawat.

The turboprop plane's front wheel did not stick out of its bay, forcing the pilots to make the emergency landing without it at the commercial airport, according to the navy spokesman.

Given a single runway, the airport has been temporarily closed due to the incident, forcing a Thai Smile Airways A320 plane to land at Hat Yai airport in Songkhla province instead.

The F27 Mk200 plane of the First Naval Area flew across the Gulf of Thailand from U-tapao airport in the eastern province of Rayong to the airport of the southern border province.

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