Small plane lands safely at Michigan airport after landing gear malfunctioned

A small plane landed safely at a Lansing-area airport after its landing gear failed to deploy, authorities said.

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A 60-year-old Lansing man who was the plane's only occupant was not injured when the Piper Twin Comanche dual prop plane landed on its belly Saturday afternoon at the Mason Jewett Airport.

The plane sustained damage to its underside and both of its props in the landing, according to information from the Ingham County alert system.

Capt. Greg Harris of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot called authorities after making the landing and told deputies the landing gear had failed to deploy before he landed it safely.

Deputies notified the Federal Aviation Authority of the landing, which is being investigated by police with the Capital Region International Airport.