29 Sep 2012

Spitfire lands safely after landing gear fails

10:47 pm on 29 September 2012

A replica Spitfire made an emergency landing at Whanganui Airport on Saturday after its landing equipment failed.

The wheels on the aircraft did not come down and it had to make a belly landing on a grass landing strip.

Airport manager Allan MacGibbon says the pilot was not injured.

He says emergency crews were standing by, but the pilot is very experienced, having had more than 40,000 flying hours, and was able to land safely.

Mr MacGibbon says it is unlikely the emergency landing will deter the pilot from taking to the air again.