The plane which circled over Mangalore airport for hours this morning after a wheel failure is believed to have landed safely.January 7, 2013 11:03am
UPDATE, 1.28pm: It is believed the pilot of a plane with a wheel malfunction has landed safely at Mangalore Airport and is uninjured.
The pilot was seen exiting the plane after the landing and was able to walk over and speak to nearby paramedics.
No fire has been reported and CFA crews are spraying the area around the plane with foam.
More in tomorrow's Shepparton News.
11.03am: A plane is circiling above Mangalore Airport, near Avenel, in an attempt to burn fuel and land safely.
Seymour police Acting Sergeant Leigh Woolfe said a four-seater fixed-wheel Warrior aircraft took off just after 9.30am with a single pilot on board.
Acting Sergeant Woolfe said another pilot noticed one of the wheels from the plane was hanging down and the aircraft was unable to dump fuel.
"He's circling and waiting to land," Acting Sergeant Woolfe said.
"This is expected to take three-and-a-half hours and police are liasing with the CFA to apply foam to the runway."
More to come.
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