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Private Plane Makes Belly Landing at RDU

Posted July 25, 2007

— A private plane landed on its belly in the general aviation area of Raleigh-Durham International Airport Wednesday, RDU spokeswoman Mindy Hamlin said.

No one was injured in the incident, and commercial air traffic wasn't affected, she said.

The landing occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m when the Piper Seneca landed on Runway 14-32 after experiencing trouble with its landing gear, officials said.

It was not immediately clear whether the pilot, the only person on the plane, had communicated with the airport tower that he was having problems.


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  • hkypky Jul 26, 2007


  • shine Jul 26, 2007

    If they land you downwind at RDU it usually is a hard landing.

  • TruthBKnown Jul 26, 2007

    I was on a Southwest Airlines flight one time. When we "touched down", it was the hardest landing I have ever been on. I mean the sound we made when we "hit" the ground was a loud BAM!! You could hear the gasps throughout the plane.

    Once the landing was done and we were taxiing to the airport, the pilot said over the intercom, "The city we just attacked was Raleigh/Durham..." Most of us erupted into laughter (albeit nervous laughter). I thought it was good that he was able to be honest about something like that, and at least have a laugh about it.

  • givemeabreak Jul 26, 2007

    I wonder when they will tell us who the pilot is? We hear all the other pilots names when they have issues.

  • shine Jul 26, 2007

    A Seneca is a six passenger - the Seminole is a four right?
    Is a Seneca Pressurized ?

  • shine Jul 26, 2007

    Walking away from a landing is a good landing.

    A Seneca is a lot of money to put on the runway with the gear up. I am glad no one was hurt.

    I am not sure where the "commander" came from - what make?

  • bstrickland1968 Jul 26, 2007

    Chuck, the number is 553DM and it's registered to a Durham address.

  • Chuck U Farley Jul 25, 2007

    Interesting. That N number is registered to an Aero Commander 100 in Texas. The plane in the picture, is clearly not a Commander.

  • BLOCKHEAD Jul 25, 2007

    "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous, but to a degree even greater than the sea is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity, or neglect."
    Crash with dignity, then walk away !

  • blu-burd Jul 25, 2007

    A big AMEN on that one river rat.