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4-seat plane lands on its belly at Wichita airport

June 25, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a pilot landed a four-seat plane on its belly at a Wichita airport.

The Wichita Eagle reports that emergency crews were called around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday after the 1966 Mooney M20C landed wheels up at Jabara Airport.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the pilot had been doing “touch and go” landings — a maneuver in which pilots land on a runway and take off again without coming to a full stop. The patrol says that after the first landing, the pilot forgot to retract his landing gear. When the pilot attempted a second landing, he thought he was extending the landing gear but was actually retracting it.

The rough landing closed the runway, which will have to undergo an inspection.

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