Plane makes belly landing at Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Plane makes belly landing at Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Plane makes belly landing at Spirit of St. Louis Airport

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 7:51 PM

(KMOV) – A private plane landed on its belly at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield due to landing gear problems Wednesday morning.

John Bales, director of the airport, said the pilot of a single-engine Cessna was scheduled to land around 7:40 a.m.

But as he was landing, the plane’s landing gear never deployed or it retracted, forcing the pilot to land the plane on its belly on the runway.

Officials said smoke seen at the scene was from the plane sliding on the runway. The smoke dissipated as soon as the plane stopped.

It was not immediately known who owns the plane or where it was coming from, though officials said the pilot was a regular at Spirit.

Bales said a crane was called to the scene to remove the aircraft.

He said the Federal Aviation Administration would investigate the landing gear issue.

 

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