Captured in Fort Pierce, Florida, the shocking footage shows the light general aviation aircraft approaching the Aero Acres residential airpark.
Despite the fact the Aerostar plane travels at speed, its descent towards the landing strip appears normal until the video maker makes a startling observation.'Baby shuttle' skids off runway after landing gear doesn't deployLoaded: 0%
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The light general aviation aircraft approaches the Aero Acres residential airpark and touches down without its landing gear deployed
He states that the landing gear has not been deployed and at that very moment the plane touches down with a bump and scratches along the tarmac.
Its propellers can be heard ricocheting off the ground as the wings bounce up and down from the impact.
Suddenly the pilot re-engages the engines and rather unceremoniously takes off back into the air.
The plane's propellers can be heard ricocheting off the ground as the wings bounce up and down from the impact
The video maker can be heard saying that the plane’s propellers have been damaged in the collision with the runway and that more than likely, the pilot will crash.
He later said: ‘I was walking down the flight line of aircraft that flew in for the day, which is close to the main runway and noticed this light twin aircraft coming in low.
‘I noticed he did not have his landing gear down and thought he was going to do a fly-by, but then noticed the power was pulled back with the aircraft approaching for a landing with no landing gear.
The plane scratches along the runway and the video maker describes the sound as 'one you will not forget'
‘The belly and tips of the propellers impacted the runway (the sound of the propellers hitting the surface was one sound you will not forget).
‘Once the pilot realized his mistake, he gave what appeared to be full throttle and both propellers pulled the front of the aircraft down with the propellers making a second impact with the runway.
‘Somehow the engines stayed on and running and the pilot was able to regain control while leaving the airport.
The video maker noted that once the pilot realized his mistake he began re-engaging the engine
He added: ‘It’s amazing the aeroplane engines did not get destroyed during the propellers impact and the pilot did not stall during the forced take-off with the high angle of attack and damaged propellers.’
According to WPBF 25 News, the plane’s pilot, Chris Georgaklis, 85, managed to fly 100 miles to Fort Lauderdale after the incident and landed safely.
Mr Georgaklis is said to have flown for almost 50 years and was accompanied on the trip by his dog, Buddy.
People look on as the damaged aircraft takes off from the runway and flies 100 miles to Fort Lauderdale, where it landed safely
The most common cause of a gear-up landing, also known as a belly landing or pancake landing, is human error – when the pilot simply forgets to deploy the landing gear before touchdown.
Another cause is mechanical fault, when an electric motor or a hydraulic actuator fails.
The FAA is said to be investigating the incident.
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