Landing gear trouble forces belly landing at Scottsdale Airport

Plane makes belly landing

Credit: Scottsdale Fire Department

A pilot had to make a belly landing at Scottsdale Airport.


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 4:50 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The pilot of a small plane had to make a belly landing at Scottsdale Airport after having landing gear trouble Friday morning.

The pilot got an unsafe gear indicator light on his plane prior to his arrival at the airport, according to Scottsdale Fire Department Division Chief Jay Ducote. The pilot and another person were on board the single-engine plane.

The pilot did a low approach so fire crews and the airport tower could do a visual of the gear, which they determined was partially extended.

The pilot successfully completed a belly landing and no one was injured.

Airport operations and the Federal Aviation Administration were on the scene.

A crane is being used to remove the plane from the runway.

The airport was temporarily closed because of this incident.