A Royal Thai Navy maritime patrol plane Fokker F-27 Friendship 200 conducted an emergency landing at Narathiwat Airport, Thailand, after it struggled to deploy its landing gear on 11th August.
The aircraft, registration number 1202, managed to land at Narathiwat Airport (NAW) but was unable to deploy the nosewheel. The captain agreed to proceed with a nosegear-up landing after following the appropriate checklist to no avail, keeping the plane on its main wheel for as long as possible.
The Thai Armed Forces commended the pilot’s skill and conscientiousness to “keep everybody safe and protect government properties.”
No casualties or injuries reported among the aircraft’s crew and 10 passengers that were on board at the time of the incident. However, the aircraft sustained unspecified minor damage and will be out of service for an indeterminate amount of time, the service added.
The F27 Maritime 200ME is a twin turboprop high-wing aircraft with a service ceiling of 25,000 ft and a standard range of 2,700 n miles. It can be equipped with depth bombs, mines, and up to four Mk 46 or Sting Ray torpedoes.
Aircraft 1202 is attached to the RTN’s 102 Squadron and is typically deployed by the service for maritime patrol, coastal surveillance, and limited anti-submarine warfare duties. It is equipped with an AN/APS-504 search radar and a Bendix weather radar.