FLINT (WJRT) (2/12/2019) - A landing gear problem caused a single engine Cessna airplane to crash land at Bishop International Airport in January, according to a newly released report.
The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating why the rear landing gear failed to extend fully on the plane before it landed on the afternoon of Jan. 6.
The pilot and three other people on board the plane were not injured.
A report released last week says the airplane registered to Fly Happy LLC left the Clare Municipal Airport around 4 p.m. heading for Flint.
When the pilot raised the landing gear handle after takeoff, he heard the motor on the landing gear running longer than normal. It made an odd sound before it shut off.
The right rear landing gear was left hanging at a 45-degree angle and the left rear landing was not visible. The pilot went through the troubleshooting checklist, but the landing gear didn't move, the report says.
The pilot declared an emergency and continued flying to Bishop. Only the nose gear extended before the plane flew by the air traffic control tower, where controllers confirmed the rear gear was not locked in place.
The pilot successfully landed on the runway and came skidding to a halt on the rear belly of the plane. Everyone got out of the aircraft without further incident.
The NTSB is holding the airplane as evidence while the investigation continues.