Safely Laded B767 After Landing Gear Failed To Deploy
The pilot of a LOT 767 who made a successful gear-up landing
Tuesday is being hailed as a hero in his country, and along the way
burnishing the reputation of polish pilots which had suffered
following a 2010 accident in Russia which fatally injured Poland's
The pilot, 54-year-old Tadeusz Wrona, brought the aircraft down
on its belly on the runway covered in flame retardant after the
aircraft's hydraulics failed during a flight from Newark. There
were no injuries among the 231 people on board the aircraft.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the plane was evacuated
within 90 seconds after it came to a stop. Wrona said he had a
difficult time sleeping Tuesday night, playing the landing over in
his head. But he said he should not be hailed as a hero. "Each of
us at LOT would have done it the same way," he said.
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowske, who was elected after the
accident last year, offered congratulations to Wrona, and said he
intended to award the pilot a national decoration.
Wrona has logged some 15,000 hours flying for the Polish flag
carrier. It's certainly a coincidence, but the translation of Wrona
... is "crow."