PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — A single-engine plane experienced a landing gear problem at Pensacola International Airport on Wednesday. The pilot had to land the plane on its belly. The pilot was not injured.
The following is a news release from the City of Pensacola:
The Pensacola International Airport is responding to a BAC-167 Strikemaster that experienced a landing gear collapse on the south-north runway shortly after 11:00 this morning.
While in flight, the pilot received an unsafe landing gear indicator and notified air traffic control. Airport emergency crews got into emergency standby positions. The pilot did a fly-by so Air traffic control personnel could see if the gear appeared down. The main gear did not appear down. The pilot landed the aircraft on its belly. The pilot, who was the only passenger, was not injured.
Airport emergency crews are on scene and will be working with the aircraft owner to have the aircraft removed from the runway. The FAA’s Flight Standards District Office in Birmingham has been notified as part of standard protocol for aircraft incidents.
Airport operations are continuing on the east/west runway.