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Landing gear fails on Qantas flight
19:30 (AEST) PASSENGERS on a Qantas flight to Melbourne got a scare today when the front landing gear failed and had to be lowered manually by the pilot.
A Qantas spokeswoman said a Boeing 737 from Brisbane experienced a problem lowering the front nose wheel on approach to Melbourne about 11am.
She said the pilot notified passengers that a warning light had come on and there was an indication of a problem.
The jet then circled while the pilot manually lowered the landing gear, and the aircraft landed about 20 minutes late.
The spokeswoman said the 72 passengers on board remained calm throughout the drama.
The aircraft's nose wheel mechanism was tonight being checked by Qantas engineers.