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Pilot lands safely without landing gear

Original post made on Jan 14, 2013

A pilot of a small aircraft was unhurt after he landed without landing gear at the San Carlos Airport on Saturday morning (Jan. 12) , a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, January 12, 2013, 4:38 PM

Comments (4)

Posted by Jon, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jan 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

He must've had quite a sinking feeling as he waited ... and waited ... and waited for his wheels to touch down. I heard that one of the giant military cargo jets that land at Travis Air Force Base out at Fairfield once forgot to lower the wheels and had a surprise landing.


Posted by Smilin' Jack Martin, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jan 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Pilot Training, in Georgia, in 1952 in a T - 6. Instructor in back seat. We are about to land.
I forgot to put the gear down. He waited until the very last minute and then yelled at me to do a go-around. And, upon landing, he yelled at me for another 30 minutes. Obviously, fifty years later, I have never forgotten this.

I guess there was no one to yell at the pilot in this Mooney M20J. He's lucky he didn't flip and kill himself.


Posted by Michael G Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jan 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I'm a little surprised the tower didn't notify him. I know it's not their job, just saying.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

There may not have been anyone to yell at him, but there was surely a gear warning horn. Can't become distracted. Have to follow standard procedures and checklists. GUMPS


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