Pilot safe after forgetting to lower landing gear at Cottonwood Airport

A pilot escaped injury after he forgot to lower the landing gear on his Mooney M-20G aircraft Monday morning.

Police and fire were called to the Cottonwood City Airport on a report of an airplane crash at 9:58 a.m. Monday, according to a news release from the City of Cottonwood.

On arrival, units found the aircraft sitting on runway 32, the news release stated. The pilot, James Gray of Burlington, Washington, was out of the plane and said that he was unhurt.

According to the city's news release, Mr. Gray said that as he was landing on runway 32, he forgot to lower his landing gear. The aircraft landed and skidded about 585 feet before coming to a stop.

The plane sustained damage to the undercarriage and to the prop. The plane was lifted up by a crane and the gear was lowered. The plane was then towed off the runway.

The investigation will be handled by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The airport runway was closed for about one hour before reopening.

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