A lightweight airplane has been pressured to make a wheels-up emergency touchdown at Newcastle Airport in New South Wales after its touchdown gear failed.

The dual-turboprop plane circled the airport dumping gasoline for nearly 4 hours earlier than it made the dramatic touchdown on Monday afternoon with three individuals on board.

Emergency crews who have been on standby for the touchdown broke applause after the airplane touched down safely on its stomach.

The Beechcraft Tremendous King Air, operated by Jap Air Companies, had taken off at 8.30am from Newcastle Airport, north of Sydney, certain for a 112-mile flight north to Port Macquarie. Nevertheless, simply 10 minutes into the flight, the pilot raised an SOS alarm.

Because the airplane circled in preparation to return to the runway, an operations room was arrange on the adjoining defence base at Williamtown and a dozen crews together with firefighters, police, the State Emergency Service and ambulances arrived at Newcastle Airport.

A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed that the airplane landed on the tarmac with out incident, praising the pilot for executing a “textbook” wheels-up touchdown.

Footage of the touchdown confirmed the airplane touching down and slowing to a cease with out struggling any vital harm. Onlookers gathered on the airport cheered and applauded because the pilot and two passengers emerged safely.

Superintendent Wayne Humphrey of NSW Police mentioned the 53-year-old pilot from Queensland realised there was a mechanical subject with the airplane shortly after taking off and he later discovered that the “touchdown gear wouldn’t come again down”.

“He stayed right here and burned off gasoline,” Supt Humphrey mentioned of the airplane’s time within the air above Newcastle, which was captured by air visitors monitoring web site. “I might hear him on the air. He sounded very calm to me.”

“After some hours within the air burning off some gasoline, he [the pilot] made a textbook wheels-up touchdown, which I used to be very blissful to see … It ended very well, thank goodness,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the passengers have been a pair of their sixties, who obtained out of the airplane themselves, including: “It was nice work by the pilot, to be trustworthy.”

Newcastle Airport mentioned in an announcement posted on social media: “We’re extremely relieved the plane landed safely this afternoon.

“We’re investigating choices to get better the plane and re-open the airfield as quickly as potential.”

Newcastle Airport was anticipated to stay shut for about 24 hours as restoration operations have been carried out.

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