The incident took place at Lucknow airport when Mayawati was on her way back from campaigning in Maharashtra. She was accompanied by her close aide SC Mishra.

As the plane neared the runway, all attempts to unstuck the front wheel came to a naught, forcing the pilot to do "something similar to belly landing", an airport official said.

The pilot alerted the air traffic control of the technical glitch and fire tenders, security personnel and an ambulance were rushed to the runway, officials said.

The pilot succeeded in landing the plane, officials said.


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