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Prop plane with landing gear problems circling San Antonio International Airport

Emergency response personnel are converging on the San Antonio International Airport, where a small propeller plane with landing gear problems is preparing for an emergency landing. ( More...

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Chris B 7
Just watched a beautiful textbook wheels up landing. All four occupants got out, walked away, no fire.
Tom Bruce 6
1970, Beechcraft West Van Nuys Airport... had just finished installations on new A36 Bonanza and old fighter pilot salesman took it up for a check ride... just as he lifted off the left main wheel came off and bounced down the runway... he burned off fuel and made a similar great landing.. then, the little fat guy jumped out
of the cockpit and ran all the way into our facility yelling
"who worked on the wheels!! ...I'm going to kill him!" there were abut 20 of us hiding
Tim Duggan 1
Funny story, but different. When I was a teenager (oh, so many centuries ago!!) I learned to change the wheels on small airplanes. A wheel coming off the axle is NOT the same....(still, a funny rendition, so "points" for that!)

ANOTHER funny (yet true) story. A write up during WW2:

"Number 2 engine missing in flight'

Mechanic's reply in the LogBook"

"After brief search, Number 2 engine located on left wing".
Tom Bruce 1 should have seen that wheel...bounced 50 feet in the air and continued bouncing all down the runway...
Jesse Carroll 2
Great job by the pilot!
TV camera job sucked though!
Andrew Stagg 2
Great job by the pilot and the controllers at SAT. Thankful to hear everyone was oaky.

It's too bad the coverage on Fox News wasn't as good as professional as the landing ( LiveATC recording is near the end of this:
Pileits -7
Typical Faux News reporting. Making a small story into a HUGE story loaded with sensational headlines and statements. Also known as Yellow journalism.

Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers.[1] Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.[1] By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.[2]
Typical that anytime Fox is mentioned, someone spouts off and rants about issues unrelated to the actual subject at hand.
In all fairness to Fox (jeez i can't believe I typed that) ALL of the stations in San Antonio were going ape over this. Slow news day I guess. I counted at least 3 news choppers flying over head.

What made this landing easier and minimized airport disruption was the fact 12R (main runway) has been closed for a couple months now for resurfacing at the approach end. Almost all (except for smaller planes/jets) have been using 4/22. So this plane landed on 12L with minimal to no disruption of service.
Jesse Carroll 0
Kiss our ass you Obama sucking Liberal! We know the treue and aso will you in the coming elections!
It looks like they might have just skidded to the edge of the runway and get a new paint. If all passengers are fine, its a good landing by me.
Torsten Hoff 3
It's never just getting new paint.

Besides the problem that caused the wheels-up landing in the first place, you have to have the engine/mount/prop inspected/overhauled/replaced, plus you have to deal with the damage to the aircraft skin and fuselage/wing structure.
BaronG58 1
Yep!...The flaps will definitely have to be replaced. They were the first metal to make contact.
Jeff Lawson 1
Aircraft was N136EL, but flight was blocked --
Tim Duggan 1
A shame to see such a beautiful airplane like the A-36 endure that.

Having close to a thousand hours in them (and cousins, V-35, B-55 and B-58) I am puzzled about the gear being stuck. The emergency extension method was (I thought) quite foolproof. Will be interesting to learn the reason, what linkages broke or jammed, etc.


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