All flights departing Yangon International Airport have been cancelled since 4.30pm today, passengers stranded at the airport told The Myanmar Times

They said the runway has been shut down but no reason was given to passengers, hundreds of whom have been forced to reschedule their flights due to the inconvenience. 

The Myanmar Times understands that the nose wheel of a Golden Myanmar Airlines Y5-506 ATR-72-600 aircraft broke while landing at the airport, Xinhua quoted officials of the Department of Civil Aviation as saying.

Some 70 passengers were on board the Mandalay-Yangon flight. No casualties were reported.

A spokesperson from the airport said operations have resumed at 6.30pm.

The crash marks the third such incident for the Myanmar aviation industry this year.

On May 8, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines aircraft carrying 30 passengers and 6 crew skidded and overran the runway on landing at Yangon International Airport due to heavy rain and poor visibility. Local media reported that 19 people were injured.

Four days later in Mandalay, a Myanmar National Airline plane made an emergency landing after its nose wheel failed to extend. There were no injuries.