Crash landing at Apollo Bay

A MELBOURNE pilot has escaped uninjured after landing his plane at Apollo Bay without using landing gear.

Apollo Bay police, fire crews and paramedics attended Apollo Bay’s airstrip after hearing a plane had failed to land safely.

Apollo Bay police Leading Senior Constable Peter Shelton said the plane’s landing gear “didn’t come down”, with the plane skidding down the runway.

“No-one was injured and there was no serious damage to the aircraft,” Sen Const Shelton said of Friday’s incident.

“We did require a crane to lift it up to clear the runway,” he said.

“No other aircraft were attempting to land at that stage but we couldn’t leave it there.”

Sen Const Shelton said he understood the plane’s male pilot from Melbourne was unfamiliar with Apollo Bay’s airstrip.

“I think you’d probably put it down to pilot error,” he said.

He said emergency services took about two hours to clear the scene.

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