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SAN ANTONIO - A small aircraft with gear problems successfully belly landed at San Antonio International airport on Tuesday. The four passengers were seen high-fiving each other outside the plane after the intense landing.

The six-seat, single-engine plane reported landing gear problems and burned off fuel before a landing around 3 p.m. at San Antonio International Airport, airport spokesperson Nora Castro said.

The Beechcraft Bonanza plane is registered to a construction company that does work on roads and highways in Texas. Angel Brothers Aviation in Baytown, Texas, confirmed it was their plane but that they did not know who the pilot was because he was probably a contractor filling in for their usual pilot.

The fuel for this type of aircraft is located in the wings, said commercial pilot Jeff Nelson. He also said the pilot needed to attempt to make the landing as smooth as possible to avoid burning through to the fuel and keep the passengers aboard safe.

After successfully executing a belly landing, the damaged aircraft was taken off the runway by a crane and transferred to a flatbed truck.

Hamid Afzal, a flight school instructor with Alpha Tango Flying Services, said 98% of the time when pilots attempt a belly landing, it is successful.



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