August 4, 1997 in Nation/World

British Turbo-Prop Lands Safely Despite Landing Gear Malfunction

Associated Press

A British Airways plane carrying 70 people landed safely on just two wheels Sunday, after its landing gear malfunctioned.

The pilot landed by balancing the British Aerospace turbo-prop on its front wheel and right-side wheel, said officials at Manchester airport, 190 miles northwest of London.

As the plane’s speed decreased, the left wing came down and the craft slid to a halt, official said.

Two passengers with minor cuts and a man with a heart condition were taken to hospital.

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