Plane slides to a stop as landing gear fails

COTTONWOOD -- A small single-engine plane was attempting to land on runway 14 at the Cottonwood Airport early Friday evening when the planes landing gear collapsed as the plane touched down, causing the plane to slide on its body for approximately 493 feet before stopping.

The plane sustained heavy damage. The pilot stated that he locked the landing gear and that the green light indicating that the landing rear was locked came on. The pilot said that as he touched down the landing gear collapsed causing the plane to slide down the runway.

The plane was then lifted off the ground by Automotive Services. While the plane was off the ground they put the landing gear down. The plane was then placed back on the ground and towed to the hanger area. The pilot was not injured during the incident.

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