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Light plane makes successful emergency landing at Essendon Airport

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01 Oct 2017
A Beechcraft Super King Air B200 aircraft made an emergency landing at Essendon Airport late this afternoon.

The pilot had alerted the control tower that his left wheel had not locked down and could collapse on landing.

There were five persons on board the nine-seater aircraft including the pilot.

While the pilot circled the airport burning off some fuel, emergency services rushed to take up their positions ready for the landing.

At 6:20pm the light aircraft came in for a landing with the pilot trying to use the front nose wheel and right wing wheel as much as possible.

As the speed of the aircraft slowed, the pilot lowered the left wing and the left wheel immediately collapsed upon touching the runway.

With the tip of the left wing scraping the tarmac, the pilot brought the plane to a halt and everybody on board quickly exited the plane.

Fire crews arrived alongside seconds later and ensured all ignition sources had been eliminated.

Though perhaps slightly shaken, none of the passengers were injured.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES

Pumpers:​​6

Rescue Units:​​1

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS 28

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