A small plane made an emergency landing Wednesday at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines after the pilot reported a problem with the landing gear, officials said.
The pilot of a 1956 Piper PA-23 twin-propeller plane was forced to make a belly landing around 1 p.m. on one of the airport runways after the landing gear didn't deploy, said Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Greg Meyer.
Pilot Herbert Reiskin, of Hollywood, was not injured, Meyer said. Reiskin keeps his plane in one of the hangars at the airport, Meyer said.
"He experienced some problems with the landing gear. He flew around for a bit and then called it in," Meyer said. "It's a 1956 aircraft, it's an older aircraft."
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According to Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue, a Piper PA-23 twin-engine plane touched down without the help of its landing gear. Witnesses saw the aircraft with its belly scraping on the ground of the runway.
Despite the frightening circumstances, the landing was successful.
According to Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue there were no injuries and no fuel leak.
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