Plane manages safe touchdown on 2 wheels

The pilot of an amphibious aircraft managed a safe landing at Wanaka Airport yesterday morning with only two of its three wheels down.

There was a full turnout of emergency services from Wanaka and Luggate as the Lake Renegade plane, ZK-WAI, circled once and then started landing.

The plane, with just the pilot on board, touched down on the airport's grass runway, skidding to a stop without further incident.

It is understood there may have been a hydraulic problem with one of the wheel mechanisms.

The American-built six-seater was later back on all three wheels outside a hangar at the airport.

The plane is registered to M.F. Jones, of Albany, Auckland. 

Photo: Mark Price
Photo: Mark Price

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