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Belly-landing airline pilot rejects ‘hero’ tag

November 4, 2011
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The pilot who safely crash-landed a Boeing 767 on its belly at Warsaw’s main airport rejected being labelled a hero as Poland’s national carrier said flights from the capital may resume later today.

“Talk of heroes is an exaggeration,” Tadeusz Wrona said at a press conference. “I’m convinced that any pilot would have done the same as I did.”

Wrona tried to extend the landing gear numerous times after an on-board computer indicated a hydraulic fault. He had flown the same plane some 500 times and had “never had any difficulty” with the wheels, he said.

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