Two close calls for pilots at local airfields

The pilot of a small plane made a succesful belly landing at Scholes Field in Galveston Thursday

August 3, 2012 2:11:21 AM PDT
There were two close calls for pilots in Galveston and west Houston Thursday afternoon.

At Scholes Field in Galveston, the landing gear of a small plane apparently malfunctioned, forcing the pilot to make a belly landing there.

The pilot had to put it down without its wheels. The belly landing was a success. The pilot, who was the only one on the plane, walked away OK.

It was the second problem involving a small plane Thursday. Earlier in the morning near West Houston Airport, a plane lost power during takeoff and never got off the ground. It hit a street sign and ended up in a ditch at the end of the runway. The pilot and the passenger were not hurt.