Florida plane tries to nail-biting touchdown without landing gear

The careful landing in Daytona Beach.


A twin-engine aircraft brought two nail-biting hours circling over the Daytona Beach International Airport before you down without the proper functioning of the landing gear.

The Piper Aztec aircraft made a belly landing – the meaning of the pilot of the aircraft bottom as the primary landing device shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday. The two people on the plane walked away unharmed, officials told The Daytona Beach News-Journal.


“We are very happy,” airport director Rick Karl said. “We had an experienced pilot on board who managed to make a gear-up landing without rotation of the plane or doing a lot of damage. There are a lot of bad things that can happen when you don’t have your landing gear.”

Emergency responders arrived on the scene around 4:30 and waited until the plane has landed, The News-Journal added.

Karl said no flights were delayed and apart from a fire safety truck parked on the runway, other airport travelers were not aware of the incident.

The plane is registered by the Tomato Company, which is registered by Michael Ninivaggi and Melissa Booth, The News-Journal reported.

Ninivaggi said that he was not the control of the airplane during the landing and had no further comment.

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