Posted on July 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, Jul 1 at 4:52 PM
UPDATE @2:57: The small aircraft experiencing gear problems has successfully landed at S.A. International airport. The plane landed belly up and all four men were seen outside the plane high-fiving each other.
SAN ANTONIO -- A small plane that is experiencing an apparent landing gear malfunction is burning off fuel before a landing attempt at San Antonio International Airport, a spokesperson confirmed to KENS 5 on Tuesday afternoon.
The left landing gear of the Beechcraft Bonanza has experienced a technical problem, airport spokesperson Nora Castro said.
Video from Chopper 5 shows that the pilot has made several low passes and is cycling through landing gears in an apparent attempt to extend the left gear.
There are four people on board. The plane is registered to Angel Brothers Aviation in Baytown, Texas.
A view from Chopper 5 shows emergency vehicles responding to the runway.
The fuel for this type of aircraft is located in the wings, said commercial pilot Jeff Nelson. He also said the pilot will need to attempt to make the landing as smooth as possible to avoid burning through to the fuel and keep the passengers aboard safe.
The pilot will probably try to land on the belly of the plane without any landing gears to avoid hitting the wings that have fuel in them, Nelson said.
Hamid Afzal, a flight school instructor with Alpha Tango Flying Services, said 98 percent of the time when pilots attempt a belly landing, it is successful.
More than 17,000 of this type of plane have been built since 1947. The plane is a six-seat single- engine plane.