Caught on camera: Air tanker makes emergency landing

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Posted on June 4, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Minden-Tahoe Airport

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MINDEN, Nevada — An air tanker used for fighting wildfires had to make an emergency landing in Nevada on Sunday.

The plane's left landing gear would not extend, so the pilot had to land the plane on its belly.

Amateur video shot at Miden-Tahoe Airport shows the plane tilted to the side as it was skidded to a stop.

Emergency responders waited nearby, prepared for a worst-case scenario, but the plane made a successful landing.

Local reports said the plane had about three hours of fuel left on board when the pilot made the emergency landing.

While the fire bomber air tanker is used for fighting wildfires, authorities said this plane was not fighting any local fires, but was arriving from out of the area.

The Lockheed SP-2H is owned by Minden Air Corp. of Gardnerville, Nevada. It's an older plane, built in 1957.

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