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STUDENT PILOT TRIES REAL EMERGENCY LANDING

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An emergency landing exercise turned into a real emergency landing for a student pilot at Salt Lake Airport No. 2 Friday afternoon.

The unidentified student pilot was practicing landing a twin engine Piper with only one engine when he aborted the landing attempt because of another aircraft still on the runway, said Tom Riley, airport operations manager."(The student pilot) began losing air speed so he retracted the landing gear and began pulling up."

When he continued to lose air speed he attempted to land on an old, closed runway.

Fire officials who responded to the landing said the pilot, who did not have enough time to re-extend the landing gear, landed the plane on its left wing and left belly, then skidded to a stop.

"He landed the plane, just a foot lower than he would have liked," said West Jordan Fire Lt. Reed Scharman.

Neither the pilot nor his instructor were injured in the incident which occurred around 2 p.m., but the plane suffered damage to the left wing, left engine, left prop and the under carriage, Riley said.