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Pilot hailed a ‘hero’ after successful belly landing at Newcastle Airport

Peter Schott and his two passengers had circled the skies for hours due to a mechanical issue

A pilot has been hailed a hero after making an emergency landing at Newcastle Airport – bringing down his plane on its belly.

The flight – bound for Port Macquarie – struck trouble just after 8:30 this morning, when he noticed the landing gear had failed.

But, all three people onboard not only survived the drama… they escaped without so much as a scratch.

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Isobella Evans

Isobella Evans is a journalist with NBN News in Newcastle. After discovering a love for writing in primary school, Bella went on to complete a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle in 2018. She enjoyed a series of internships, including a gig at the Royal Easter Show, before receiving a position at NBN's Tamworth bureau, where she worked for almost three years before moving to the company's Newcastle office in 2021.

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