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Pilot fails to lower landing gear; three escape injury

FPS staff report

Two adults and a child escaped injury April 4 when the pilot of the plane they were traveling in failed to lower the landing gear.

According to the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Travis Mackenzie, 37, of West Lafayette was piloting a Mooney M20F and attempted to land at Tolsen Field in Carroll County at 5 p.m. after departing from Richard Downing Airport in Coshocton. 

Mackenzie, a pilot since February 2012, told patrol he approached Tolsen Field  from the northeast and entered a long down wind and turned for a final when he was distracted from his check list and failed to extend the landing gear. 

The plane struck the ground with the underbelly of the fuselage and skidded around 120-feet before stopping.

Walter Gossett, 69, of Coshocton and Aiden Mackenzie, 3, of West Lafayette were passengers in the airplane.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol secured the airplane and contacted the Federal Aviation Administration.

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