Australian learner pilot's two wheel drama

Last updated 16:08 07/01/2013

Relevant offers

Australia

Teen's legs severed by train in NSW Cairns tragedy: woman charged with murder Father of children killed in Cairns breaks down at scene Cairns stabbing accused may have been high on meth Sydney siege: Caller warned authorities of Man Monis Cairns stabbings: Arrested mother had nine children The family of Sydney siege victim speaks Sydney siege: Gunman's target may have been TV channel Father's heartache to learn daughter among children killed Cairns child stabbing leaves city in shock

A trainee pilot in Australia flying a plane with just two wheels has made a safe landing in Victoria's north after a nail biting flight when he lost a wheel during takeoff.

The 21-year-old pilot spent about an hour circling above Mangalore Airport, about 120 kilometres north of Melbourne, in an effort to burn enough fuel to attempt the landing.

An airport spokesman said pilots had successfully landed on two wheels before but that it was very difficult to do so.  Normally pilots would have three wheels when landing a light plane.

Emergency crews, including a fire truck, were on standby at the airport.

- The Age

Ad Feedback
Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content