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Pilot Forced to Land Plane on its Belly

FLORENCE, Ore. — A Florence pilot did some quick thinking Friday when he was forced to land his plane without landing gear.

An airport volunteer says the pilot knew his gear wasn’t coming down so he made a flyby, which confirmed to airport officials that his gear was indeed not coming down.

The airport says the pilot was able to land the plane on its belly, with no injuries to himself or the passenger.

Firefighters were there to make sure there wasn’t a fire. The Florence Municipal Airport was shut down for about an hour because of this incident.

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