Wednesday 3 April 2024

Sparks fly on the Gold Coast as plane does belly landing

My daughters informed me this morning that there were diversions from the Gold Coast airport (OOL/YBCG) to Brisbane last night. Thinking it was due to bad weather, I never really gave it another thought.

Then, I find out the reason for the diversions was because a light plane was forced to make an emergency landing without its landing gear at a Gold Coast airport last night.

The aircraft's pilots raised the alarm their landing gear wasn't working at about 8pm.
The Beech Baron circled the airport at Coolangatta for two hours and six minutes doing around 40 circuits in an attempt to burn fuel and reduce the chance of ignition before touching down.

Sparks could be seen flying from beneath the plane's fuselage as it landed on runway 32 at 8.19 p.m.  Emergency services were standing by as the forced landing unfolded.
"We prepare for the for the worst. And just hope for the best," a spokesperson for the Queensland Ambulance Service said.

"We obviously had some of our critical care paramedics on site just in case there was some sort of a failed landing. But thankfully that wasn't the case."
The two pilots, aged in their forties and sixties, were assessed at the scene but weren't injured.

Aircraft Information:
Owner / Operator: Air Gold Coast
Aircraft: Beech 58 Baron  
Registration: VH-YDC
Serial Number: TH-755
Engines: Teledyne-Continental IO-520-C
Built: January 1976
Age: 48 Years

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