Belly Landing at KAPF



As part of my job as a first responder, I occasionally deal with aviation-related emergencies. Today, I was called to Naples Municipal Airport (KAPF) for an alert. An aircraft was inbound and could not lower its landing gear. As we staged at our emergency gate, the aircraft came into sight. Traffic was advised to hold as events unfolded. Lining up with Runway 32, the 1959 Piper PA-24 Comanche made a belly landing, sliding some distance before coming to a stop. The pilot was ok, albeit a little shaken from the experience. He advised that after several attempts to lower the landing gear, he made the decision to declare an emergency. The FAA examined the aircraft at the scene, then it was removed by crane. (The photos are mine).


Great Job from the Pilot!!!


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