VENICE, Fla. - A small plane crash landed at the Venice Municipal Airport Friday morning, skidding Down the runway on its belly.
Around 9:15 the call came in for an emergency landing. The 1971 single engine Beechcraft Bonanza come down without landing gear. The pilot, Richard Morgan was apparently taking the plane to Venice for service. He was able to walk away.
It's not yet determined if it was mechanical error or even if Morgan just forgot to put the landing gear down. We're told this type of plane has a way to manually put the gears down. The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate.
Witness Sam Lubas says he didn't hear an engine going, but the sound on the ground was unmistakable. "I heard the scraping and turned around immediately and saw it finish the rest of its slide as it came to a stop. Of course that's an unusual way to land an airplane."
According to the FAA's website the plane is registered to Venice Wings Inc. It says the corporation is out of Bradenton.