A Japanese airliner with 60 people aboard has made a successful emergency landing.
The plane had been circling the airport in south-western Japan for nearly two hours with a faulty front landing gear making it unable to extend its front wheels.
The Transportation Ministry said nobody was injured.
Public broadcaster NHK showed live footage of the Bombardier DHC-8 turboprop making a controlled landing on its extended rear wheels with its nose carefully touching the runway.
Sparks shot from the bottom of the fuselage as the plane skidded to a halt, but there was no fire.
Rescue trucks sprayed the plane with fire retardant, and people were later shown disembarking.
The plane was carrying 56 passengers and four crew members and was scheduled to land at Kochi airport in western Japan, the airline said.
The cause of the failure was not yet known, an Air Nippon Airways spokesman said.
The plane had made an earlier approach to the runway but pulled up.
It was not clear whether the pilot was practising an eventual touchdown or trying to use up fuel to reduce the risk of fire in the event of a crash landing.
The plane left Osaka airport earlier in the morning.
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