PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon pilot walked away without injury after his single-engine plane unexpectedly crash-landed at Prineville Airport when its landing gear failed to deploy.
KTVZ-TV in Bend reports that Vern Goodsell of Sisters has spent years building or fixing up planes, from vintage aircraft to old war birds and even one-of-a-kind experimental planes.
So when he flipped the switch to lower the landing gear on one of those unique planes on Sunday afternoon, he figured it had extended and was ready to go.
Instead, Goodsell’s plane made what he later called a “gear-up landing” when he went skidding down the runway because the landing gear failed to extend.
He said his small plane sustained minor damage. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted to investigate.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com