Pilot of small plane makes belly landing in Show Low

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A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday. By Jennifer Thomas A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday. By Jennifer Thomas
A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday. By Jennifer Thomas A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday. By Jennifer Thomas
A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday. By Jennifer Thomas A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday. By Jennifer Thomas
A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday. By Jennifer Thomas A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday. By Jennifer Thomas

SHOW LOW -- A problem with the landing gear forced the pilot of a small plane to make a belly landing in Show Low on Saturday.

According to the Show Low Fire Department, the 31-year-old pilot and his 7-year-old son were on board the single-engine 1960 Cessna when there was a landing gear failure at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday.

The pilot was instructed to conduct a low-speed fly-by so that Show Low Regional Airport maintenance personnel and the Show Low Fire Department could look at the landing gear and assess the situation.

It was determined that the pilot should attempt a belly landing.

Eric Neitzel with the Show Low Fire Department said the pilot burned fuel for approximately two hours before attempting to land.

Neitzel said the pilot successfully landed the airplane on its belly and no one was injured.

Firefighters sprayed foam on the plane as a precaution.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.