Plane winds up on its 'belly' during landing at Regina International Airport

"The aircraft in its landed position was, like, flat against the main runway's pavement. It was right on its belly."

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A private plane landing at Regina International Airport did a belly slide across the runway shortly after landing.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II touched down at the airport.

James Bogusz, president and CEO at the Regina Airport Authority (RAA), said it’s unclear if the airplane landed on its belly or if landing gear collapsed after touching down on the runway.

“Our fire crews responded immediately and thankfully there was no one hurt or inured,” said Bogusz.

One person, the pilot, was on board the aircraft during the landing.

“The aircraft in its landed position was, like, flat against the main runway’s pavement. It was right on its belly,” said Bogusz.

The Transport Safety Board of Canada (TSB) cleared the aircraft for removal but the main runway was closed temporarily while the airport authority waited for equipment to arrive to move the plane.

The RAA sent photos of the landing to the TSB, which cleared the removal of the airplane. Bogusz said a further investigation from the TSB is “reserved for more serious emergencies than something like we had today.”

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