Two close calls for pilots at local airfields

GALVESTON, TX

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.

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