Springfield pilot OK after bumpy landing


A Springfield pilot who had a rough landing after his landing gear malfunctioned Saturday said he doesn’t know what happened.

Stephen C. Field, 70, said he pushed the landing gear button in his 1973 fixed wing single-engine Cessna plane, but it didn’t come down.

“I heard the metal before I realized that it didn’t come down,” he said.

Field and two passengers were traveling from South Carolina, where they had vacationed for a few days, to Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport on Ohio 794.

No injuries were reported.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Springfield Post is investigating the incident. Springfield Twp. firefighters and EMS and airport personnel assisted on scene.

The aircraft will be turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for a mechanical investigation.

Field, who has been flying since 1969, said he has more than 3,000 hours of flight time.

“I’ve never had a accident in my life,” Field said.

Field said it was one of his “better” landings.

“We slid right down the center of the runway,” he said. “It touched down nice and soft.”


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