City Times Staff
Emergency crews say there were no injuries after a small airplane landed without its landing gear on Thursday morning.
The plane, a Piper Turbo Arrow, had just taken off from the Stevens Point Municipal Airport, according to one of the two passengers who was on the craft during the accident.
The woman, who asked to not be identified, said she and a male companion were residents of Pheonix, Ariz., and flew to Stevens Point a few days ago to attend the EAA AirVenture Fly-In in Oshkosh. They chose the Stevens Point airport, she said, to avoid “the circus” of landing closer to the Fly-In, and were about to return home on July 28.
“We had just taken off, we weren’t too far up yet,” the woman said. “Everything was fine until we lost electrical power. We never lost engine power but we still had to land — without our landing gear.”
The woman said the plane landed back on the runway and did not crash.
Along with the Stevens Point Police Dept., crews from the Stevens Point Fire Dept. and Portage Co. EMS responded. Johnson Towing, Nelson’s Trucking from Waupaca and a flatbed truck from Area Wide in Plainfield were all called in to assist returning to plane to a hangar.
No injuries or fire were reported.