(Tim Jaynes, Staff)
An Arkansas pilot managed to avoid injury to his family and self Saturday while landing his twin-engine airplane on its belly at the Sikeston Airport. "We had a plane that skidded in on the runway Saturday," confirmed Sgt. Thomas Conn of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. "There was no fire, no injuries - he did a good job of skidding it down the runway." Conn said the plane was coming in for a landing at the Sikeston Airport so they could eat at Lambert's Cafe. "They had a landing gear malfunction - the landing gear didn't come down all the way," he said. As the plane leaked a little fuel, DPS responded at 1:32 p.m. Once the FAA cleared the plane, a wrecker was used to lift it while the gear was manually lowered and locked into place. The plane sustained moderate damage to the bottom of the fuselage and both propellers were damaged.