Hugs and high-fives were shared between a pilot and his three passengers after they safely exited their airplane following an unfortunate event this week at the San Antonio International Airport. The Beechcraft A36 Bonanza the pilot was flying had just landed gear-up. According to local news reports, the pilot had circled the area for nearly two hours after the left main gear remained stuck in its wheel well. The nose gear and right main both extended normally.
The pilot appears to have made a good decision by retracting the functioning gear and landing on the belly of the airplane. Despite the stressful situation, the pilot made what looked like a smooth approach and as smooth a landing as one could execute in an airplane without landing gear.
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