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Heavy fog paralyzes air travel in Poland with Warsaw airport closed after emergency landing

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WARSAW, Poland - Heavy fog grounded planes at several Polish airports on Wednesday even as Warsaw's international airport remained closed following a dramatic emergency landing a day earlier.

A Boeing airliner from the U.S. carrying 231 people was forced to land on its belly Tuesday in Warsaw after its landing gear failed to open. No one was injured, and the pilot is being hailed a hero in Poland.

The plane remains on the tarmac at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin airport at the intersection of its two runways, forcing its closure. LOT Polish airlines said Wednesday that efforts were being made to move the plane to unblock one of the runways. The airline said in a communique that 60 flights were cancelled on Wednesday until 1500GMT. It was not immediately clear whether flights would resume then.

Meanwhile, flights that were to have been diverted to other airports in Poland are being postponed or cancelled due to the fog, a frequent occurrence in November in Poland.

Airports in Krakow, Lodz, Katowice, Gdansk and Poznan have had to cancel or postpone departures and arrivals.

Meanwhile, more than 40,000 fans have expressed their respect and congratulated pilot Tadeusz Wrona, who landed the plane, on newly created Facebook fan pages. They called him Poland's "superhero."

"Fly like an eagle and land like a crow," says a pun coined by the fans. "Wrona" in Polish means crow.

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