A TRAINEE pilot narrowly averted disaster after completing a daring emergency landing north of Melbourne today. Drama struck when one of the three wheels on the 21-year-old student pilot's single-engine Piper Warrior fell off soon after take-off at Mangalore Airport, 130km north of Melbourne CBD.
The pilot, flying solo, was forced to circle the airport for five hours to burn off fuel.
The Chinese student with just 120 hours flying experience was talked down by his flight instructor, police and aviation safety authorities.
He was said to be in good spirits and calm while emergency crews talked to him by two-way radio during the ordeal.
The pilot speaks English as a second language and a fellow student and his instructor at times spoke in his native language during the drama to avoid confusion.
Emergency crews knew a crash landing was likely, heightening concerns it could spark a fire
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Tags: Student, Trainee, Pilot, Forced, to, Make, Emergency, Landing, Minus, One, Wheel, mangalore, melbourne, light, aircraft, plane,
Location: Mangalore, Victoria, Australia (load item map)
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