Plane With No Landing Gear Part of Team Fighting Fire

Plane With No Landing Gear Part of Team Fighting Fire

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LEWISTON, ID – We now know that the plane that came down yesterday with no landing gear was part of the team fighting the Rattlesnake Creek Fire.  The pilot was contracted to work with the team, and the passenger was a Forest Service air tactical supervisor.  As if fighting a fire isn’t stressful enough, the pilot radioed the Lewiston Nez Perce County Airport well ahead of the landing notifying them that he was having mechanical issues and couldn’t get the landing gear to come down.  He and his passenger flew to the airport, circled once, and then skidded to a stop on the belly of the plane on an empty runway at about 6:15 pm.  A release from the Lewiston Fire Department shows that both men were checked out and were medically fine.  The Rattlesnake Creek Fire crew does not know who the men are.  A new team just took control of the fire.

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