Iran's Minster of Transportation and Housing has thanked and praised Iranian pilot Houshang Shahbazi for safely landing his malfunctioning plane, Press TV reported.
“Captain Shahbazi and his crew landed the plane safely with their faith in God and exceptional skills,” Ali Nikzad told Press TV.
“Fortunately no one was hurt and this shows the expertise and capabilities of our pilots,” he added saying that more than 100 Iranian and Russian passengers were onboard Shahbazi's plane.
An Iran Air pilot said the problem was caused when a plastic got stuck in the pressure line and made it impossible to free the nose wheel even manually.
Enemies of the Islamic Republic have mistaken humane and commercial problems with political and military issues, and have sanctioned IranAir airline, said Nikzad.
The Iran Air Boeing 727, with 94 passengers and 19 crew members was landed without its front landing gear at Tehran Mehrabad Airport on October 18, 2011.
The incident took place as the plane was landing after a flight from Moscow.
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