March 1, 2021

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Pilots have lucky escape from malfunctioning plane in Adelaide

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<p>A pilot and their passenger have had a lucky escape after the light plane they were in crashed in the tarmac during an emergency landing in Adelaide.</p>

A pilot and their passenger managed to avoid a serious crash in Adelaide after the nose of their plane crashed into the tarmac.

The pilot of the light twin-engine plane made an emergency landing at Parafield Airport about 1.30am today.

Emergency services were notified just after midnight that a plane required assistance and needed to land urgently.

"The pilot reported a fault with the nose wheel and could not confirm it was locked down in preparation for landing," South Australia police said in a statement.

"Several lower altitude fly-bys confirmed the nose wheel could not be seen in the down position."

Upon crashing into the tarmac, the pilot initiated a final approach and landed on two wheels.

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As the plane decelerated, the nose of the aircraft came down and collided with the tarmac.

Airport safety officers prepared the plane for the emergency landing and police, ambulance and fire crews also attended the scene.

Fortunately there was no fire, no fuel spill and no reported injuries to the pilot or passenger, who were both able to leave the plane themselves.

The aircraft will be examined for mechanical problems and a report will be prepared for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

Source: 9News

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