FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fargo FSDO-21
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: North Dakota
AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA.
BISMARCK -- A pilot and passenger in a 1975 Cessna had a scary early evening ride in the skies above Valley City and Bismarck.
According to the North Dakota State Patrol, the plane piloted by Peter Weisbeck, 54, of Bismarck, with passenger Thressa Essler, 53, also of Bismarck, was traveling from Bismarck to Detroit Lakes, Minn., when the plane started experiencing electrical difficulties.
The pilot decided to try to land at the Valley City airport but was having trouble trying to get his landing gear to lock into position.
They circled the Valley City airport and then decided to fly back to Bismarck to land.
The Cessna circled Bismarck’s airport about 6:20 p.m. still trying to get the landing gear to lock while at the same time there was a complete electrical failure.
However, Weisbeck was able to land the plane successfully on its belly.
The Patrol said there were no injuries, although the plane had damage to its undercarriage and the wing.
The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the emergency landing.
BISMARCK (KFGO-AM) -- A small plane made an emergency landing at the Bismarck Airport Sunday night. No one was hurt.
The State Patrol says 54-year old Peter Weisbeck of Bismarck, and a passenger, were headed from Bismarck to Detroit Lakes when the plane started having electrical problems. Troopers say Weisbeck was going to land at the Valley City airport. He tried to lower his landing gear but it wouldn't lock into position. He circled the Valley City Airport and decided to fly back to Bismarck to land. While trying to get the landing gear to lock, there was complete electrical failure. Weisbeck managed to successfully land the plane on its belly at the Bismarck Airport.
The planed sustained damage to its undercarriage and a wing.
The FAA will look into what went wrong with the plane.