Pilot of rare plane forced to make belly landing

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz.-- The pilot of a rare airplane was forced to make an emergency belly landing on Thursday.

It happened at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The $2.2 million 1944 P-51 Mustang, known as the "Big Beautiful Doll," had a problem with its landing gear.

The pilot walked away unhurt.

The plane was going to be part of the Copper State Fly-in this week in Casa Grande.