Faulty Landing Gear Forces Hercules C130 To Make Belly Landing At Labuan

The Hercules C130 plane made a successful belly landing at the Labuan Airport on Saturday evening after experiencing faulty landing gear. – Photo credit to RMAF

LABUAN: The Labuan airport here has been closed since 5pm following a ‘belly landing’ by a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Hercules C130 transport aircraft.

The transport plane made a successful belly landing at the Labuan airport at 5.15pm Saturday after experiencing a landing gear fault.

The aircraft was forced to circle the island for about six hours to burn off fuel.

The plane on the runway surrounded by firemen and RMAF personnel. The pilot and crew were unharmed.

RMAF, in a statement, however said the pilot and crew members were unhurt.

The statement did not say what the aircraft was transporting, or where it had come from except that was forced to land normally with its tyres.

According to news reports, Ahmad Fikri Samsudin, the Labuan airport manager said 11 flights to and from Kota Kinabalu, Miri and Kuala Lumpur had been cancelled since 2pm.