by: Nancy Asiamah
According to Orange fire officials, the pilot and passenger of the plane were not injured, they exited the aircraft before help arrived.
Just after 6 p.m., Shelburne Control Dispatch received calls about a four-seater Mooney plane that had skidded off the runway and landed on the fuselage. All on-duty and off-duty personnel were called in to assist.
The pilot told officials the plane’s landing gear did not lower while trying to land, prompting a controlled landing “bellied in” without using the landing gear. Crews spent hours stabilizing the aircraft using cribbing and airbags.
They also helped a tow company remove the aircraft from the runway.