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story.lead_photo.caption A twin-engine private plane made an emergency landing at the South Arkansas Regional Airport on Monday after its landing gear failed to properly come down. - Photo by El Dorado Fire Department

A twin-engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing at a southern Arkansas regional airport after the plane’s front landing gear stopped working, officials said.

The El Dorado Fire Department said the two flight instructors aboard the plane were not hurt when the plane touched down after 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the South Arkansas Regional Airport.

Video capturing the landing showed the plane’s nose tip forward when it came to a stop along the runway.

Fire Chief Chad Mosby said the pilots were local to the area and had taken off from Goodwin Field a few hours earlier before realizing a problem with their landing equipment.

He attributed the pilot’s skills to the safe landing, which saw them fly around to burn off excess fuel and lighten the plane in case of a violent touchdown.

“They’re both very versed in emergency procedures,” Mosby said. “It was a pretty textbook landing.”

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  • conservative
    May 14, 2019 at 10:38 a.m.

    Very expensive incident. Two prop strikes with engine stoppage - both engines will have to be completely dismantled, inspected and rebuilt.

  • CartoonDude
    May 15, 2019 at 7:26 a.m.

    How about "He attributed the safe landing to the pilot's skills." You're welcome.

  • conservative
    May 15, 2019 at 4:50 p.m.

    Why didn't they feather both props and shut down the engines when on "guaranteed" short final glide, and prevent prop strike sudden stoppage of the engines? Could have been a lot less expensive.

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