- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - A twin-engine charter airplane with two people on board made a hard landing with its gear up at Republic Airport on Long Island.

The 68-year-old pilot, Ponderosa Air president Jan Nerud, told Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/28K4gAT ) that he and his passenger were not hurt, but his plane was “totaled.” Nerud said the plane slid about 2,000 feet on its belly after touching down at about 125 mph.

Nerud said he was getting his passenger, also an experienced pilot, familiarized with the plane so he could take over some of the flights.

An FAA spokesman says it happened at about 4 p.m. Monday. He says the Swearingen SW3 aircraft had taken off from Westchester County Airport in White Plains.

One runway was closed as the FAA investigated the incident.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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