Wizz Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Rome

(Corrects third paragraph to show foam was applied to tarmac after landing.)

An Airbus A320 jet with 165 passengers and six crew members aboard made an emergency landing at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport after landing gear failed to deploy, Wizz Air Ltd., the flight’s operator, said.

No injuries were reported on flight W6 3141 from Bucharest, Budapest-based Wizz Air said today in an e-mailed statement. The flight, diverted from Ciampino airport, landed at 8:15 a.m. and exit slides were used to evacuate the passengers.

The jet coasted to a stop on the tarmac with one of its underwing engines scraping against the landing strip, RAINews reported, citing interviews with airport security officers. Firefighters applied foam to the area after the landing, according to the RAINews report.

“Wizz Air and Airbus are cooperating with the authorities in the investigation of this landing gear failure,” Wizz Air said in the statement. “Wizz Air sincerely apologized to all affected passengers.”

Airbus SAS is owned by Blagnac, France-based European Aeronautic, Defence and Space Co.

Medical attention was given to passengers suspected of suffering stress, the airline said. RAINews said four passengers were taken to the hospital for shock.

The airplane is 13 months old, and its last scheduled maintenance was carried out by Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA)’s Technik unit, Wizz Air said. The pilot has accumulated 12,000 flight hours with the Italian air force and commercial airlines, Wizz Air said. The crew and both pilots are based in Bucharest, the airline said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Frye in Rome at afrye@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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