Small plane from Baytown makes safe emergency landing at S.A. airport

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by KENS 5 staff, KHOU 11 News staff

khou.com

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 1 at 6:06 PM

SAN ANTONIO—A small plane that was experiencing an apparent landing gear malfunction has landed safely at San Antonio International Airport.

The left landing gear of the Beechcraft Bonanza experienced a technical problem, airport spokesperson Nora Castro said.

Video from Chopper 5 showed the pilot making several low passes as he cycled through landing gears in an apparent attempt to extend the left gear. 

There were four people on board. The plane is registered to Angel Brothers Aviation in Baytown, Texas. 

A view from Chopper 5 showed emergency vehicles responding to the runway.

Hamid Afzal, a flight school instructor with Alpha Tango Flying Services, said 98 percent of the time when pilots attempt a belly landing, it is successful. 

More than 17,000 of this type of plane have been built since 1947. The plane is a six-seat single-engine plane. 

Angel Brothers, the Baytown construction company that owns the plane, does a lot of work on roads and highways.

The workers at the family-owned business got a phone call this afternoon from a television station in San Antonio telling them the plane was in trouble.

So they quickly did some checking to confirm it was their plane. Inside the office, they were able to watch TV coverage of the landing via the Internet. The man in charge of safety at the business said he isn’t a very emotional guy, but he had nothing but praise for the pilot who pulled off the landing.

He said whoever landed this plane was not the company’s usual pilot, who took the day off.

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