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    'Miracle' landing without nose gear: Iran Air ace saves lives on Boeing 727

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    The captain of an Iran Air Boeing 727 has managed to land his aircraft at Tehran's Mehrabad airport even though its nose landing gear failed to unfold. Captain Hooshang Shahbazi's piloting skill saved the lives of some 94 passengers and 19 crew members. Footage of the miraculous landing on October 18 became an internet sensation and Shahbazi's Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/shahbazi200 ) has attracted hundreds of new friends.

    The flight IR-742 from Moscow, Sheremetyevo was on approach to Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport around when the crew did not receive a down and locked indication for the nose gear and aborted the approach. Following unsuccessful troubleshooting the crew decided to divert to Tehran's Mehrabad Airport where a low approach confirmed the nose gear was not extended. The crew subsequently performed a landing without the nose gear and came to a stand still on both main gear and the nose of the aircraft. The aircraft was evacuated, no injuries occurred.

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