A light-weight airplane has landed safely with out touchdown gear after circling an Australian airport for nearly three hours to burn off gasoline.

The pilot and two passengers walked away from the scene and didn’t want hospital therapy after the “textbook wheels-up touchdown”.

The airplane had simply taken off from Newcastle Airport, close to Sydney, for a 112-mile flight north to Port Macquarie when the pilot raised the alarm about “points with the touchdown gear,” police superintendent Wayne Humphrey stated.

Peter Schott, 53, who first piloted a airplane when he was aged 15, was praised by the passengers as “fantastic” for the way in which he managed the state of affairs.

“Every thing was thrown at us – dangerous climate, the showers got here by means of, there have been about 20 pelicans downwind, , chicken hazards,” Mr Schott instructed 9 Information tv.

“I by no means had any doubt within the final result of the flight.”

A 60-year-old man and a 65-year-old lady had been on the twin-turboprop Beechcraft Tremendous King Air airplane with Mr Schott through the incident.

Passenger Michael Reynolds instructed 9 Information: “Pete the pilot, he did a beautiful job.

“He was superior, 100 per cent calm on a regular basis.”

SEE STRICT NOTES BELOW - In this image taken from video, a light plane with three people aboard lands safely without landing gear at Newcastle Airport, Australia, Monday, May 13, 2024, after circling the airport for almost three hours to burn off fuel. The twin-turboprop Beechcraft Super King Air had just taken off from the airport north of Sydney for a 180-kilometer (112-mile) flight north to Port Macquarie when the pilot raised the alarm saying the landing gear had failed. (Channel 10 via AP)
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The plane landed on the runway round three hours after its departure at 12.20pm native time with out incident.

The airplane is owned by Port Macquarie-based Jap Air Providers, which didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Aviation security skilled Ron Bartsch stated the pilot would have determined to return to Newcastle as a result of the airport has higher emergency response sources than can be found at Port Macquarie, in New South Wales.

He stated: “The pilot has completed fairly a replica guide touchdown and acquired everyone on the bottom safely, and that is an important final result.

“The state of affairs may’ve been rather a lot worse.

“They need to shut off the gasoline, shut off the electrics to scale back the prospect of a fireplace upon doing a belly-up touchdown.

“However clearly the pilot has completed this textbook-style.”

The Australian Transport Security Bureau will examine the incident.


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