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Plane with malfunctioning gear lands safely at Denton airport

Profile image for By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writer

Neither the student pilot nor the flight instructor from U.S. Aviation Academy were injured after they were forced to belly landed a Cessna 182 at Denton Enterprise Airport just before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The pair had radioed the control tower that the left landing gear would not lock, according to Quentin Hix, the city’s director of aviation.

The call came a little after 8 p.m. and the plane circled the airport as the pair tried to get the landing gear to engage.

They landed the plane with about a quarter-tank of fuel in each wing, Hix said.

Denton firefighters were standing by with a foam truck and other emergency equipment, Hix said.

A team from the Federal Aviation Administration was en route to remove the plane from the runway and begin an investigation into the cause of the failure, Hix said.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.