Emergency landing at Parafield Airport, South Australia

A pilot made a successful emergency landing at Parafield Airport overnight.

Just after midnight on Wednesday 27 January, emergency services responded to a notification of a twin engine aircraft requiring an emergency landing at Parafield Airport.

The pilot reported a fault with the nose wheel and could not confirm it was locked down in preparation for landing.

Several lower altitude fly-bys confirmed the nose wheel could not be seen in the down position.

Police and other emergency services, including MFS, SAAS and airport safety officers prepared for an emergency landing.

Just before 1.30am, the pilot initiated a final approach and landed on two wheels. As the plane decelerated, the nose of the aircraft came down and collided with the tarmac.

There was no fire, no fuel spill and no reported injuries to the pilot or passenger, who were both able to self-extricate from the plane.

The aircraft will be examined for mechanical problems and a report will be prepared for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

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