The aircraft had departed from Yangon and was approaching Mandalay when the pilot was unable to extend the front landing gear.
" The crew prepared for a nose gear up landing and landed on Mandalay's runway 17, keeping the nose up as long as practicable, bringing the aircraft to a halt on the runway on both main gear struts and the nose of the aircraft". Passengers were seen walking away from the plane across the airfield, several of them smiling. "They tried hard twice by flying around twice and asked [people on the ground] to check whether the nose wheel dropped or not", he said....
The plane glided down to the runway on its back wheels. "The pilot could land it skillfully", he said.
"Myanmar National Airlines would like to express our deepest appreciation to all the passengers onboard and our crews".
Passenger Soe Moe told the network: "Smoke came out a little when we landed..."
The deputy director-general of the country's Department of Civil Aviation is U Ye Htut Aung.
Photos of the plane showed it lying partly on the wet runway and partly on the grass.
Just days ago, another plane crash-landed at Myanmar's Yangon Airport, with the aircraft sliding off the runway and injuring 11 people. Its fuselage appeared to be broken in at least two spots.
The airline commended Capt. Myat Moe Aung, first officers Myo Thiha Aung and Kaung Set Lwin, purser Cherry Myint and three attendants for safely landing the plane.