No injuries when plane belly-lands
A Beechcraft Sundowner pilot successfully landed the craft after losing power near the Prescott airport.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18, air traffic control received a report of an aircraft in distress which would be attempting to land at Ernest A. Love Field.
The small aircraft with two occupants reportedly lost power as it crested Mingus Mountain and the pilot was attempting to glide it down to the runway.
The aircraft rescue vehicle Foam 73 and Rescue 73 staged near the runway as two additional engines from Prescott and Chino Valley fire departments and a Prescott Fire battalion chief responded to the airport in support.
While staging, the Station 73 personnel lost sight of the plane as it approached the runway.
Foam 73 staff found the Beechcraft had made a successful belly landing roughly a half mile from the end of the runway near the solar power plant. Both occupants of the plane were out and walking when emergency personnel reached them.
The two women were evaluated for injuries and refused treatment or transport. The aircraft remained intact and did not ignite any fires in the grass. Foam 73 remained on scene for an hour while all other responding units were released.