Aircraft lands without wheels at Norway airport

A malfunction on Monday caused a propeller aircraft to land at Stavanger Airport in Norway without its landing gear.

Aircraft lands without wheels at Norway airport
A Beech King Air B200 of the type that belly landed in Stavanger. Photo: s2foto/Depositphotos

The cause of the emergency landing is currently unclear, reports broadcaster NRK. The flight control tower was not informed of a problem with the aircraft prior to its landing, according to the report.

The airplane, a Beech King Air B200, came in to land at Stavanger’s airport at 10am on Monday.

“It came in from the north and landed on the runway. The undercarriage malfunctioned, and the aircraft is now on the runway,” Stavanger Airport director Leif Lorentzen told NRK.

On board the two-engined aircraft, which I owned by Air Wing, was a two-man crew.

“They say they did not know the landing gear wasn’t down when they landed. Although the belly landing happened suddenly, they are okay. Nobody is hurt,” Air Wing’s commercial director Jarle Granheim told NRK.

The aircraft is reported to have been delivering supplies for scanning equipment at Stavanger University Hospital.

The supplies, which included radioactive isotopes, were not damaged, NRK reports.

International rules for transport of such material ensure that containers can withstand considerable damage.

Fire services and police were both despatched to the airport following the incident.

“It is very rare that something like this happened. Fortunately it has not resulted in anything more than material damage,” Lorentzen said.

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Has a Lancaster bomber been discovered under Denmark’s seas?

A World War 2 aircraft may have been found at the bottom of the sea near the Danish island of Langeland.

Has a Lancaster bomber been discovered under Denmark’s seas?
Photo: Foto-VDW/Depositphotos

The aircraft, discovered in waters off the southern tip of the island, could be a Lancaster, a British bomber used during the 1939-45 war.

Denmark’s Navy has issued a temporary ban on diving, fishing, sailing or anchoring in the area due to the possibility of live ammunition being amongst the wreckage, vice commander of the Royal Danish Navy’s diving unit Bo Petersen told Ritzau.

“We received a civilian report that a diver had seen what looked like the wreckage of an old aircraft. It is probably a Lancaster bomber down there. The diver said there were also objects that could be bombs. We are responding to that,” Petersen said.

The vice commander stressed that the identity of the airplane was yet to be confirmed.

“We can’t go out and check what we’ve been told because there is too much wind and high waves,” he said on Sunday.

But a Navy diving team would be despatched at the earliest possible juncture, he added.

In a tweet, the Danish military confirmed investigation would take place “in the coming days”.

“We’ll dive down to the wreckage and conduct a thorough investigation of the surrounding area for ammunition. We will thereby be able to state whether the area can be re-opened or whether we need to remove the ammunition to make the area secure,” Petersen said.

The Lancaster, a four-engine British bomber, was first produced in 1941.

According to British Royal Air Force figures, 7,377 Lancasters in total were made. After the war, they were used as reconnaissance aircraft until 1956.

There are now only two airworthy examples of the aircraft in the world – one in Canada and one in the UK.

Although the discovery in Danish waters is highly unusual, Petersen noted that a bomber aircraft was also found in the area during the construction of the Great Belt Bridge in the late 1990s.

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