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Unusual emergency landing in Australia

All the people on the aircraft were safe, with only minor injuries reported

Unusual emergency landing with a happy ending in Australia. A Beechcraft B-200 "Super King Air" aircraft (registration VH-XDV) with three people on board landed on the runway at Newcastle airport in Australia, without using the landing gear, but sliding with the fuselage on the asphalt. All the people on the aircraft were safe and suffered only minor injuries.

According to an initial reconstruction of the accident, the aircraft had taken off from Newcastle-Williamtown airport towards Port Macquarie airport, 180 kilometers away. Shortly after departure, the pilot contacted air traffic controllers to say he had "landing gear problems", requesting and obtaining an emergency landing. 

The pilot and two passengers, a 60-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman, exited the Beechcraft Super King Air safely and were taken into medical care. "The pilot made a textbook landing and brought everyone to the ground safely, and that is the most important result". "The situation could have been much worse", explained Ron Bartsch, an aviation safety expert. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency