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A pilot has been praised for his quick thinking during a dramatic emergency landing at Perth Airport.
The light aircraft got into trouble when it reported a landing indicator problem. It’s understood the landing gear collapsed, forcing the twin turbo prop aircraft to land on its belly.
The light aircraft departed Rothsay Gold Mine in the state’s mid-west just before 9am today, carrying 10 FIFO workers.
Eleven people were on board, including the pilot, Perth Airport confirmed in a statement.
Fortunately, no-one was seriously injured.
One passenger praised the pilot’s “amazing” actions.
“It was pretty scary. The main thing is we’re safe and that’s the main thing.
“The pilot did really well.”
Another passenger, Marco Teixeira, said the tail scrapped down the runway making a loud noise.
“A bit of smoke came out the back he just came and opened the door.”
Fellow passenger Dave Bradford called the incident “a textbook crash”.
Police and emergency service crews are on scene and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau team is collecting evidence to determine what caused the gear to fail.