Pilot safe after crash landing at Vélez airbase

Firefighters on alert.
Firefighters on alert. / A. P.
  • The 22-year-old learner pilot flew out without realising that the plane had lost its front wheel

A learner pilot, on his first solo flight, brought the Axarquía airport near Vélez-Málaga to a standstill as it anticipated a crash landing after the plane in which he was flying lost its front wheel.

The 22-year-old, having completed a landing which was somewhat rough, flew out again to practice further without realising the plane was lacking one of its three wheels.

Staff on the ground alerted him to the situation so he circled the area, emptying the fuel tank, while emergency services covered the runway in foam.

Eventually he brought the plane into land successfully without further incident.

He did not speak to the press afterwards, only saying that he was “calm” throughout.