Belarus airliner lands safely on damaged wheels
A Belarusian passenger jet landed safely on Monday despite damage to its landing gear, the Belapan news agency reported.
The Belavia Tu-154 airliner reached the tarmac of Minsk airport without injuries to passengers and crew.
The plane, traveling from Antalia in Turkey, was on a landing approach when ground personnel in Minsk determined two wheels in the plane's right landing gear extension had been damaged for unknown reasons, reported dpa.
Damage to a single tyre is normally sufficient reason to ground the aircraft.
The plane's commander delayed landing in Minsk to allow ground crew to prepare for an ultimately successful emergency landing.
Most of the 164 passengers had been returning from package tours on Turkey's south coast.
Runway debris was the most likely cause of the tyre damage, a Belavia official told Belapan.