Rough landing in Cottonwood

An airplane landed on its belly when its landing gear gave out at the Cottonwood Airport.

An airplane landed on its belly when its landing gear gave out at the Cottonwood Airport.

COTTONWOOD - Something of a hard landing for a Chandler pilot landing at the Cottonwood airport Friday morning. Fortunately, he walked away unscathed. The pilot was the only passenger in the plane as it was landing after 8 a.m.

The pilot told investigators that he had been on the ground for about 50 feet when the landing gear suddenly collapsed and the plane skidded to a stop on its belly.

The plane is a 1971 single-engine Mooney 4-passenger aircraft. The pilot said he has 170 flight hours under his belt and was on a business trip.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were contacted and will take over the investigation

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