Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Aircraft in distress lands safely on its belly after doing "everything right": John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport (KJST), Johnstown, Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN — Shortly after 3:15 p.m., air traffic controllers at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County airport optimistically told a Cessna with landing gear problems to use "runway one five."

And nearly an hour and a half after the small plane reported landing gear issues, that's exactly what happened. The plane with two people reportedly on board landed on its belly without incident at 3:28 p.m.

Flight instructor Jared Shuke said it was one of the best emergency landings he had ever seen.

"They did everything right," he said.

Fire companies and rescue units from across the East Hills and Windber had scrambled to prepare for a possible crash as the plane circled the airport and dumped fuel.

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