Emergency landing

Pilot relieved after plane's safe emergency landing

UPDATE 4PM: Pilot John Bain breathed a big sigh of relief after an emergency landing ended well at Toowoomba Airport.

Mr Bain, of Toowoomba, and his co-pilot had taken off from Roma and were preparing to land in Taroom when they noticed an indicator fault on the nose wheel.

They decided not to land where their passengers were waiting and instead flew to Toowoomba where there were more emergency services as well as engineers.

"I suppose it's not the best environment to be in, but we followed the procedure (and) did the emergency extensions," Mr Bain said.

He had about one-and-a-half hours of fuel left when he reached Toowoomba.

Toowoomba pilot John Bain reflects on his emergency landing at Toowoomba Airport.
Toowoomba pilot John Bain reflects on his emergency landing at Toowoomba Airport. Stuart Cumming

Emergency crews were waiting for the Beechcraft Super King Air as it made two low passes over Toowoomba Airport before touching down shortly after midday.

"The issue is I didn't know whether the gear was locked or not," Mr Bain said.

"The procedure I've been taught is we don't want weight on that nose wheel so I held it off as long as I could.

"I didn't reverse the engines to try and be as gentle as I could on it, I guess."

However, the nose wheel had locked into place and the plane landed safely.

"The plane is now here at the engineering shop about to go up on jacks and find out what the problem is."

A Beechcraft Super King Air makes a low pass over Toowoomba Airport so ground crew can inspect an apparently faulty nosewheel.
A Beechcraft Super King Air makes a low pass over Toowoomba Airport so ground crew can inspect an apparently faulty nosewheel. Stuart Cumming

12.05PM: An aircraft with a reported faulty nose wheel has landed safely at the Toowoomba Airport.

The Beechcraft Super King aircraft touched down about 12.05pm.

Emergency services are inspecting the aircraft.

MIDDAY: An aircraft reporting a faulty nose wheel has performed a low fly-by over the Toowoomba Airport ahead of an emergency landing.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Ambulance Service crews are at the airport.

The emergency was reported about 11.30am.

Emergency services are considering diverting the aircraft to Oakey.

Emergency services at the Toowoomba Airport ahead of an emergency landing.
Emergency services at the Toowoomba Airport ahead of an emergency landing.

11.40AM: Emergency services are racing to the Toowoomba Airport ahead of the arrival of a twin-engine aircraft that is reporting a faulty nose wheel.

A Beechcraft Super King aircraft is preparing to make an emergency landing. 

Emergency services were called to the airport about 11.30am.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Queensland Ambulance Service crews are in attendance.

The aircraft is due to land at midday.



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