Wed, Dec 13, 2006
Traffic Reporter Makes Safe Emergency Landing
A traffic reporter in Knoxville, TN had to deal with more than
just bottlenecks Tuesday, when the landing gear of his Cessna 182RG
wouldn't lock into place.
Pete Michaels noticed the maingear wasn't fully down while on
approach to land after the morning rush hour. After unsuccessfully
trying to hand-crank the gear down, he had to circle Island Home
Airport in South Knoxville for several hours, burning off fuel.
Just before noon, Michaels brought his plane in for a smooth
belly landing on the grass alongside the runway. Of course, local
news crews got it all on tape. In fact, CNN broadcast the incident
The pilot was uninjured, and Michaels says the plane only
suffered minor damage. The Cessna's nosewheel was down and locked,
and that prevented a propeller strike.
Michaels' website notes he is a veteran pilot of more than 30
years, who has logged 25,000 hours. He also has been a broadcaster
for more than 40 years.
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