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Newcastle airport: Emergency crews rush to airport as passenger plane’s landing gear fails

Peta Rasdien
The Nightly
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A plane carrying three passengers and a flight crew has made an emergency landing at Newcastle Airport after circling above for hours.

A passenger plane has been forced to make an emergency landing at Newcastle Airport after it circled for hours trying to burn off fuel.

A huge emergency response was activated at Newcastle Airport amid reports the Beech B200 Super King Air’s landing gear had failed.

A plane is circling Newcastle airport after it's landing gear failed.
A plane is circling Newcastle airport after it's landing gear failed. Credit: Flight Radar

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The plane shut down both engines and electrics prior to making a belly landing at 12.24pm local time, with authorities predicting it could slide for 500m.

7NEWS is reporting the landing was earlier delayed after one of the three passengers became ill.

The Eastern Air Services plane took off from Newcastle at 8.32am local time on a planned flight to Port Macquarie.

The Beech B200 Super King Air’s landing gear failed, triggering the emergency.
The Beech B200 Super King Air’s landing gear failed, triggering the emergency. Credit: 7NEWS
Safe landing.
Safe landing. Credit: 7NEWS

Emergency services were alerted to the emergency about 10.40am following reports the plane had mechanical issues.

Police officers attached to the Port Stephens Hunter Police District, fire crews and ambulance officers are on scene.

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